Theresa, 39, was tired and short of breath. Her back hurt and she had chest pain. The wife and mother of two visited her doctor but didn't get any answers. "I had a feeling that it was my heart, but all the tests were saying it wasn't." Two months later, Theresa had a massive heart attack at a family birthday party. She was 38. "I felt like an elephant was standing on my chest. It was difficult for me to talk," she said. "If I could have crawled out of my body, I would have."
Go Red For Women is for women like Theresa, a woman who never thought she would be the victim to the number one killer of women in the country - heart disease. Now she figts to increase awareness about the risks a woman needs to know, but also to raise funds for vital research. "With over 1 million Americans dying every year, everyone has a loved one that has an experience with heart disease. It's something that you never want to go through. The funds we raise for the American Heart Association help millions of Americans not only change their lifestyle and know their risk, but fund research that will help save a life of someone you know. And that's why I Go Red For Women" - Theresa.
National Wear Red Day is the one day each year that we dedicate to building awareness of risk, and raising funds for research and education. Join us on February 6, 2009, as we paint the country red!