Dee Griffin (deegriffin) wrote,
Dee Griffin
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Go Red for Women

Right now, 8 million women are living with Heart Disease. Nearly half a million will die from Heart Disease this year. According to the American Heart Association, Heart Disease is the Number One killer of women. That means it kills more women than Breast Cancer or Lung Cancer. Stroke is actually the Number Three killer of women. So, what do these numbers mean to you? They mean you or someone you know will probably die from a Coronary problem. By wearing something red today, millions of Americans are acknowledging their part in raising awareness of the disease.
I am honored to be the Memphis Chapter of the American Heart Association's Spokesperson for the Go Red for Women Campaign. It's a disease that is near and dear to my heart. During the month of February, I am one of four women featured on the cover, and inside, "Memphis Woman" Magazine. This has been an emotional time for me. Heart Disease has stripped my family of some dear and wonderful people. Namely, my Grandmother Annie Beatrice Williams. In the "Memphis Woman" Magazine I talk about her life and death. She died from a massive heart attack at the age of 55 years. Her life ended in her 16 year old daughter's arms. That daughter is my mother, Helen Griffin.
Unlike when my Grandmother died in 1963, there are organizations giving a voice to a cause that was once silent. One such outstanding organization with a wealth of information is WomenHeart. You can access information at WomenHeart.org . Also, the American Heart Assocation provides a lot a wealth of information locally and nationally. Be sure to check out goredforwomen.org
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