Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Sweet 15 event was held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, which was beautifully adorned with vivid red décor and featured several exhibitions and vendors.  The keynote speaker was Connie Watt, vice president of the J.J. Watt Foundation and mother of the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. A memorable guest appearance was made by Dancing With the Stars very own Val Chmerkovskiy and an exquisite dance team from Dance With Me Studios. The night was a vision in red thanks to the Signature Sponsor, Avanti Senior Living, the event chair, Lori Alford, and various others who truly poured their hearts into the event.

(L-R) Cliff McAden, Jennifer Rivera, and Janine Jones

Each year attendees adorn themselves in red in support of the event’s mission of improving women’s health. Heart disease is a leading epidemic impeding women’s health in today’s society. Many heart diseases are preventable, which is why Go Red for Women seeks to educate and promote change in order to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world.

A special guest truly impacted the audience while speaking on the severity of the issue. Anna King, who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of 12 and received a heart transplant at the age of 14, shared her story at the local event and truly captivated the audience with her remarkable testimony about heart health. Anna is an avid advocate for the cause and will even be sharing her story in a TED Talk.

(L-R) Dr Shilpa Vaidya, Brenda Tharian, Rashmi Gupta, and Anjali Reddy

The efforts of Go Red for Women have made bountiful strides in raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease and have positively impacted those who participate in the campaign. An astonishing 95 percent of Go Red for Women supporters reported making at least one healthy change in their lives last year. Go Red for women has raised more than $500 million since its inception, which supports research, education, advocacy, as well as prevention and awareness programs around the country.

Attendees and guest performer enjoying the dance floor

For more information on the importance of heart health in Montgomery County, please visit www.montgomerycountygored.heart.org

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is a trusted and passionate force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women even though nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. Go Red for Women has provided a platform for 15 years that promotes women coming together in order to raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocating for change, and improving the lives of women everywhere.

Val Chmerkovskiy and dance parter

Paul Pettie and Ian Ramirez

Heather Crowder, Stacey Schexnaildre, and Cheri Young

Julie Bell, Cheri Young, Lori Alford, and Karin Lara

Linda Nelson, Amanda Poole, Lisa Pugh, and Kim Koehn

Local Firefighters supporting Go Red for Women

Micah Tipler, Diane Kink, and Candi Guilbeau

Parish Underwood, Adria Kenney, and Melissa Christaldi