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Women 'Go Red in Longview' to recognize heart health

Rachael Davis (Photo Source: Go Red for Longview) Rachael Davis (Photo Source: Go Red for Longview)

February is American Heart Month, and one East Texas city is wearing red and hosting a luncheon Friday to raise awareness for heart health.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, and the women of Longview are taking time today to "Go Red for Longview" and raise funds for heart research in East Texas.

"We definitely want to raise as much money as we can to go to help fund any kind of research and help we can get because cardiovascular diseases and strokes are just so widespread throughout the United States in women," said Trina Griffith, Media Chairperson for Go Red for Longview.

The annual Go Red for Longview event is meant to remind women about the importance of heart health.

"This is something I didn't even know until I became involved in the Heart Association: one in 2.2 women is affected by heart disease, and those statistics are really staggering," Griffith said.

Griffith said the statistics hit close to home, too. Heart survivor Rachael Davis will speak at Friday's luncheon.

"We typically think of older people as being the ones that are affected by heart disease, but she was actually young, I believe 30, 31, and in the process of having her child and suffered a heart attack," Griffith said. "She did live through the experience and it is just a heart-warming story."

Diana Jordan will also be speaking today. Oprah Winfrey once called her "the funniest woman on the planet," and event organizers hope she'll bring some entertainment to a serious topic.

The doors open at the Pinecrest Country Club in Longview with a silent auction at 10 a.m. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 each and are still available at the door.


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