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Friday, February 04, 2005

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  • At 2/04/2005 04:09:00 PM, Blogger Mac said…

    Here's what killed me about his -- I heard about it this morning on the news. Not much time to plan a red addition to my wardrobe.

    But also, showing support for women's heart health really doesn't do anything. If we're going to show our support for women's heart health, shouldn't we pledge to raise money for research or something like that? Simply showing one's support by wearing a color doesn't mean alot if your mother is dying from heart disease.

     
  • At 2/04/2005 06:27:00 PM, Blogger dawn said…

    From my friend Zora, living with the same heart disease I have:

    If you converse with Mac please him/her know that while raising money is awesome, I personally find this really refreshing. I think wearing RED does a whole lot for the child and mother that face heart disease. AWARENESS is the key. I sent an e-mail out to about 10 out of 50 staff members at the girl's school last week asking them to wear red in support of Go Red. I explained I had PPCM and I have an acquaintance who is looking at a very real possibility of a heart transplant, and I had a friend lose his father unexpectedly to ICDM. This morning when I walked in the school I was greeted with about 40 staff members dressed in RED and those that forget has big red die cut construction paper hearts pinned to their clothes. There are 50 people who are now aware of what the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women can be, they are also aware of a rare disease called PPCM that is caused by pregnancy, and they are now all TALKING about heart disease. Communication is the first step in helping people with heart disease, and YES money would help, but isn't it refreshing to be able to HELP just this once without money being involved. When my children both jumprope for "Jumprope for Heart" next week at this very school, they know first hand that the $80 they each raised is going to be helping someone like their mommy or their teacher's dad and maybe even lead to awareness that will make an echocardiogram standard procedure for pregnant women. WHO KNOWS?? They are however more knowledgeable than they would have been if SO many people weren't wearing red!

     
  • At 2/04/2005 06:41:00 PM, Blogger dawn said…

    The main goal of the "go red" campaign is to raise awareness. Not too long ago, no one connected the pink ribbon to breast cancer, and now it is a nationally recognized symbol. Hopefully, the Heart Truth campaign will do the same with the red dress.

    And Mac~ next year the event will be the same week in February. So that you can start spinning and knitting in a red shade.... ;)

     

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