2018 Go Red Survivor Class L to R: Donna Myers, Colleen Marble, Robin Shafer, and Liz Reardon

Volunteers, survivors and community leaders gathered Tuesday night at Sadaquada Golf Club to kick off the 2018 Go Red For Women movement and meet the third annual Go Red Survivor Class spokeswomen. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement educates and connects Greater Utica area women with knowledge and tools to help them make lifesaving choices.

The Go Red For Women movement in Utica is a year-round effort to fight the number one killer of women – heart disease. Highlights for the year include the National Wear Red Day® Luncheon on February 2nd in Rome, the Utica Go Red For Women Luncheon on May 2nd, stories from the Go Red Survivor Class, and the efforts of the volunteers in the Circle of Red and Men Go Red groups.

The 2018 Utica Go Red For Women Luncheon will be led by Corporate Chairwoman Kate Rolf of Nascentia Health.

During the kick-off event, the American Heart Association introduced the members of the Go Red Survivor Class, sponsored by Nascentia Health. This group of women will share their heart disease survival stories to help inspire other women to pay attention to their heart health. The Survivor Class members will share their stories at events, in social media, and in other Go Red For Women promotions. Survivor Class members announced Thursday include:

Colleen Marble, Chadwicks, congenital heart disease survivor
Donna Myers, Old Forge, heart attack survivor
Robin Shafer, Westmoreland, saved by CPR

During the kick-off, the Association also announced the featured survivor speakers, called Passion Speakers, for its two luncheon events. Debbie O’Neill will share her family’s unique story at the National Wear Red Day Luncheon in Rome on February 2nd. Liz Reardon, a Survivor Class member who lived with the symptoms of heart disease for years until her workplace wellness program helped lead to a diagnosis, will speak at the Utica Go Red For Women Luncheon on May 2nd. The Passion Speaker appearance in Utica is sponsored by Masonic Care Community.

Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health and locally sponsored by Nascentia Health, Lite 98.7, ProMedia, Rome Memorial Hospital, Masonic Care Community, and Gilroy, Kernan and Gilroy.