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Go Red For Women Event Successful

FAIRBURY –Fairbury’s first Go Red for Women event, held Feb. 27 at The Tasting Room, was successful, raising $3,675 for the American Heart Association.

“Fairbury went above and beyond in supporting this event,” said Erin Starr RN, chief quality officer at Jefferson Community Health Center, who organized the event with Jill Duis RN, JCHC infection preventionist.

The event included a silent auction with donated items from area businesses and individuals, celebrity waiters who earned tips, ticket sales from a meal, and individual donations. Jefferson Community Health Center and the Fairbury Clinic were sponsors.  The event was held at The Tasting Room which also made a donation.

A local family shared their story of a daughter with heart disease and a national speaker gave her story of family, health and fitness.

“The most touching moment of the evening was hearing a local family share their journey of their daughter’s heart disease, from the diagnosis to multiple surgeries she has endured, and what their future will entail, while the spunky little girl made finger puppets on the screen,” Starr said.

Duis has been an advocate for women’s heart health through the American Heart Association for a number of years, as a heart disease and stroke survivor. Fairbury’s last AHA event is thought to have been more than 15 years ago.

In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge.  Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red for Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.  Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives.  1 in 3 women will die of either heart disease or stroke.