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October 17th, 2012

Lower Hudson Valley to ‘Go Red for Women’

Debbie Brock gets her blood pressure taken at the Go Red For Women Luncheon in Central Valley in 2011. Nearly 250 women are expected for this year’s Go Red Luncheon on October 24, 2012.

CENTRAL VALLEY - Red hats, red scarves, red dresses! The American Heart Association is anticipating a sea of red for their annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the Falkirk Estate & Country Club in Central Valley. This life-affirming and inspiring Go Red For Women Luncheon is part of the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness among women and provide them with tools to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke - the number one and four causes of death among women.

Tickets are still available for the half-day wellness event, which includes morning educational breakout sessions, an interactive heart check-up and a silent auction. The story of local heart transplant survivor, Brianna Barker will be featured. Barker was diagnosed with an arrhythmia as a child which caused cardiomyopathy eventually requiring a transplant at only 13 years of age.

Internationally recognized stand-up comedian and inspirational speaker Kelly MacFarland has been announced as the keynote speaker. MacFarland was a contestant on season one of the "Biggest Loser" and has been a featured speaker at the American Heart Association’s national Go Red for Women events for the past eight years.

Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the number one cause of death in American women, claiming about 432,000 lives each year, or nearly one death each minute. CVD kills more women than the next four causes of death combined, including cancer.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of women. We need more women to know this fact and learn about how they can reduce their risk. That’s the goal of Go Red For Women," said Sister Fran Gorsuch, 2012 Go Red Chair. Gorsuch is Director of Community Initiatives at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours Charity Health System.

Events like the Go Red For Women Luncheon help fund the life-saving work of the American Heart Association including public and professional education programs, awareness, advocacy and research specific to women’s heart health.

The luncheon is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and Merck and presented locally by the Signature Sponsor, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours Charity Health System.

WHUD Morning show host Mike Bennett will emcee the event.

To purchase tickets, call Amy Hardisty at 845-905-2127 or email

To make a donation, visit

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