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Senator Spilka and Colleagues to Go Red for Women

January 31, 2012

For the sixth year, legislators will come together to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign on Wednesday, February 1st at the Massachusetts State House. Go Red For Women works to raise awareness among women about heart disease, which kills one woman a minute. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, the killer isn’t as easy to see. Heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. Currently some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

The event will feature remarks by Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth), Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord), co-chairs of the Caucus of Women Legislators, American Heart Association volunteers, Marcela Garcia and Lissa Potts and local heart survivor, Eva Gomez.

Spilka and Atkins will present the group with a Joint Resolution to mark the occasion and celebrate the work of the Go Red for Women Campaign.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA- USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you. With more women dying of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, we are committed to fighting this preventable disease together. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc, with additional support from our cause sponsors.

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