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American Heart Association “Go Red for Women”

Clevelanders celebrated another year of fighting heart disease and stroke on Feb. 13 by wearing red and attending the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” luncheon.

More than 1,200 guests poured into the Cleveland Convention Center for the sold-out event. In addition to enjoying a heart-healthy lunch, attendees had the opportunity to visit an exhibit area filled with information, free health screenings by University Hospitals Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute, hands-on medical demonstrations and a silent auction.

Presenters at the luncheon included event co-chairs Janet Miller, chief legal officer for University Hospitals, and Robin Rowell, vice president, University Hospitals Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute. Other speakers were Dr. Colleen Lance, Clinical Director, Sleep Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and heart disease survivors Cathy O’Malley Kearney and Marilyn Herget. Monica Robins, senior health correspondent at WKYC-TV 3 served as emcee.

Co-chairperson Janet Miller noted that until now only two cities, New York City and Dallas, have been successful in raising $1 million at an event to support heart health. Cleveland’s “Go Red for Women,” in its 12th year, has hit that $1 million dollar mark. “It shows that Cleveland has an even bigger heart,” she said. Robin Rowell, co-chair, added that, “We had a record crowd for this event and touched more hearts than ever. That is absolutely priceless.”

“Go Red” is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and locally presented by University Hospitals.

STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

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