I’m Toni. After surviving breast cancer twice, I learned I had chemotherapy-induced heart failure, and that I
needed a new heart. Thankfully, I got one. No matter how dire the situation, you can survive. Never lose hope.
I’m Mary Leah. Knowing my family history, and taking it seriously, saved my life. At 30 years old, I scheduled
my ‘preventative maintenance’ checkup with my mother’s cardiologist only to learn I had cardiomyopathy. Now
I’m waiting for a new heart and educating women about the importance of learning their family history.
I’m Rachel. I suffered from a rare heart attack only days after giving birth to my son. As a young mom, I make
sure my entire family, including myself, is living healthy and putting heart health first.
I’m Christie, and I learned the signs of a heart attack from watching Just a Little Heart Attack starring Elizabeth
Banks. When I was experiencing the symptoms, I remembered the film and called 911. I danced at my
daughter’s wedding three weeks later because I acted immediately.
I’m Rekisha. I was misdiagnosed for months before doctors realized I needed a heart transplant. Because I
knew something was wrong and kept encouraging doctors to keep looking for answers, they found out I had an
enlarged heart. Listen to your body and be your own health advocate.
For 10 years women have fought heart disease and saved the lives of more than 627,000 women. But the fight is not over. Because this No. 1 killer is still taking the lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. Because women we love are dying, and many more are impacted every day.
As we look toward the 10th Annual National Wear Red Day this February, it’s more important than ever for women to stand side-by-side to end heart disease. It's time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change. It's time to come together in a movement that is not just FOR women, but BY women. It's time for women to Go Red.