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  • Female Trail Blazers Set to Take American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women to Record Breaking Heights

    2020 Chairperson and Go Red for Luncheon Keynote Speaker Announced

    Providence, RI– American Heart Association announced today that two female trail blazers are seeking to break records in Southern New England for the Go Red for Women Campaign. Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs for Lifespan Corporation, Lisa Abbott, will chair the 2020 Go Red for Women campaign in Southern New England, and is pleased to host Alison Levine, the first woman to lead a female American team up Mt. Everest as keynote speaker.

    The Go Red for Women Luncheon will take place on Friday, February 14th, 2020 at 12:00 pm in Providence, Rhode Island.

    “I am a real champion for women’s initiatives and our Go Red for Women campaign inspires, educates and urges women to be advocates of their own health,” said Lisa Abbott about her new role as chairperson. “Our success made incredible impact in our region, but we can’t stop here. We are ready to make history again and break our own record in 2020.” Abbott said.

    Abbott’s goal is to make history this year in fundraising efforts in our region for more research and resources for women’s heart health care in Southern New England. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat. Cardiovascular diseases, which include stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds.

    “Under Lisa’s leadership we are excited to help continue to transform the landscape of women’s cardiovascular care for our region,” stated Tara Comer, Executive Director for the Southern New England American Heart Association. “After a successful and monumental year, American Heart Association is thrilled to have her lead the way for Southern New England’s 2020’s Go Red for Women Campaign.”

    Like Abbott, this year’s keynote speaker, Alison Levine, is a woman moving mountains. Levine is a history making polar explorer, mountaineer, and two-time award Nobel laureates recipient. She served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and has climbed the highest peak on each continent. Levine, a heart survivor herself and a former adjunct professor at West Point, holds an MBA from Duke University. She has worked for Goldman Sachs and in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. She wrote the New York Times Best-seller, “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments.”

    “As an avid adventurer myself, I have followed Alison for many years,” says Abbott. “Alison is the epitome of grit and determination and is a heart hero, with an inspiring story as remarkable as her many daring accomplishments.”

    Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. The American Heart Association raises funds from local and national Go Red for Women activities to support awareness, research, education and community programs to benefit women. The movement provides a platform for women and their families to lead healthier lives, driving collective action for community transformation. It also encourages women to demand equal access to healthcare for themselves and their families and explore STEM-related careers.

    The Go Red for Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally and locally by CVS.  Some of The Go Red for Women Luncheon local sponsors include Lifespan Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Fidelity Investments.

    For more information about Go Red for Women , sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets contact Southern New England American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Director, Michelle Clark at Michelle.Clark@heart.org or 401-228-2322.

    About Go Red for Women: The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women® movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 15 years, Go Red for Women has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change and improve the lives of all women everywhere. The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. Connect with us on GoRedforWomen.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-888-MY-HEART (1- 888-694-3278).

    About the AHA: The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

    For Media Inquiries:
    Samantha Bowen: Samantha.Bowen@heart.org, (401) 228-2324.



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