FORT WORTH, Texas--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Tarrant County Division of the American Heart Association will host its annual 2014 Go Red For Women Luncheon on Friday, February 28th at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel as part of the Division’s ongoing effort to build awareness within the Tarrant County community on the greatest health threat women face – heart disease. This year’s luncheon, chaired by Shirley and Wes Turner, will feature U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist and heart disease survivor Dana Vollmer as the keynote speaker.
Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of all women, taking more lives than the next four leading causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. While one in 31 women will die from breast cancer each year, one in three women will lose their lives to heart disease. The good news is that up to 80 percent of cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, which is what makes the research, education and awareness initiatives of the American Heart Association so critical.
Underscoring how heart disease can affect anyone at any time is four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Dana Vollmer. As a high school Olympic hopeful in Granbury, Texas, Vollmer was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, which causes abnormally long rests between heart beats and may result in death if untreated. Vollmer’s mother Cathy, who will also speak at the Tarrant County luncheon, carried an automated external defibrillator to every swim meet as a precaution. Vollmer competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London where she took home gold medals in the 800-meter free relay, the 400-meter medley relay, and the 100-meter fly.
This year’s luncheon is being helmed by Tarrant County residents Shirley and Wes Turner. Shirley Yates Turner, a Fort Worth native, has chaired numerous local events, and was co-founder of the Women’s Foundation of North Texas (now Women’s Fund of the United Way.) Wes Turner is well known in Fort Worth as the President and Publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1997 until 2007. Turner currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Planning with Advance Newspaper in New York, a position he has held since 2008. He continues to be deeply involved in Tarrant County, serving as Trustee of Texas Health Resources, Inc., Director of OmniAmerican Bancorp, Inc., and Vice Chairman of the Van Cliburn Foundation.
The Go Red For Women Luncheon raises money in support of education, awareness and research initiatives aimed directly at promoting healthy lifestyles and fighting heart disease in women. Registration opens at 10:00 a.m., with health screenings, breakout sessions, Hands-Only CPR instruction, cooking demo and silent auction beginning at 10:30 a.m. For event information, sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please call 817.698.5442 or visit http://tarrantcountygored.heart.org. Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and locally in North Texas by Texas Health Resources.