According to 2020 Go Red For Women Luncheon Dallas Host Committee Co-Chairs Nancy Gopez and Mary Parker,
“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age, including Mary Parker and me.
“In 2011, Mary invited me to attend the American Heart Association’s Dallas Go Red for Women Luncheon, where she became involved after her own heart attack. The luncheon was informative, and I made sure to take note of signs and symptoms of heart disease for my aging parents’ sake.
“A few years later, I was sitting in my parents’ home when I felt a sharp pain in my right shoulder blade that would not go away. Nausea hit a few minutes later. I knew I was having a heart attack. I never thought it would be me.
The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to eradicate heart disease and stroke in women all over the world.”
“Nancy and I have been affected by heart disease and know firsthand the impact it can have on a woman and her loved ones. Over the past 16 years, the Go Red for Women movement has saved the lives of 670,000 women. But the work is far from over.
“Our wish is that more women take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same. It is no longer just about wearing red or sharing heart-health facts. The Go Red for Women movement is about all women standing together with Go Red to change the world. Please join Nancy and me in the fight by visiting heart.org/dallasgored.
“We are proud to co-chair the Host Committee for this year’s Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, February 28. Together, let’s unite in the fight against heart disease and stroke.”
* Photo provided by American Heart Association Dallas