Go Red for Women luncheon brings awareness to heart disease



Posted on May 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 4:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- Women across town, including the ladies of WHAS11, were decked out in red Friday to support the American Heart Association's 'Go Red for Women' campaign.

WHAS11'S Rachel Platt emceed the 10th annual luncheon Friday where we celebrated survivors and learned why heart disease is the number one killer of women and how to change that.

It's an event that packs fun,  food and fashion into one event with a very serious message.
"You think about the impact of Go Red. 21 percent fewer women are dying from heart disease because of the go red movement," says  Leigh Pittman, Chairman Go Red Luncheon.

More than 900 people attended the American Heart Association's tenth annual Go Red Luncheon at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The purpose is to raise awareness of heart disease as the woman's number one killer and empower women to take charge of their health.

34-year-old Francine Bedmar knows just how important that is. She had a heart attack at the age of 29.

"I didn't know the symptoms and my husband was there and thank god he was because that call to 911 saved my life," says Francine Bedmar.

The ladies of WHAS11 TV were there and wore their red to support the cause and share personal stories of how they plan to spread the word of heart health.

"What really made sense about this is, as we know, heart disease is one of the most preventable diseases.  It affects nearly every family, every person in our community so we thought this was a very worthwhile thing for us to get behind," said WHAS11 General Manager Linda Danna.