By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS
Nothing can keep Kimberly Moore from spreading the word about heart disease and stroke in women – not even surgery.
From her hospital bed this week, Moore urged family and friends on social media to wear red on Friday to show their support, raise awareness and empower women to prevent or cope with those diseases. She’s urging them to join the thousands nationwide who are donning red themselves – and even decorating famous landmarks to show support.
The 37-year-old from Little Rock, Arkansas, is very inspired about putting a face on heart disease through National Wear Red Day. In fact, she can put multiple faces on the leading cause of death of all women. Moore has a serious heart condition, and heart disease killed her mother, her older sister and her grandmother.
“I think my biggest passion comes from when I found out about my heart disease,” said Moore, who has arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, a rare condition that affects the muscle tissue and weakens the heart’s pumping function.
“I felt like I was alone,” she recalled. “Not to say my family was not supportive, but the major support came from people who didn’t know what I was going through.”
National Wear Red Day aims to draw attention to heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, and stroke is No. 4. In all, heart disease kills about 300,000 women a year, while stroke kills 82,000.
Moore’s not the only one wearing red Friday.
News anchors at television stations nationwide are wearing red, as are everyday Americans at workplaces everywhere. Then there’s the landmarks: The Freedom Tower in Miami, the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, Graceland in Memphis, bridges, state houses, skyscrapers and other notable buildings and places that are suddenly red.
In Denver, hundreds of Shelly K. Phillip’s coworkers turned out in red to support her and other women with heart disease and stroke. The 46-year-old instructional designer suffered an aortic aneurysm and has made it her mission to encourage others to get checked.
Seeing so many people wear red, she said, “makes me feel good because we’ve got the message out that heart health — and that heart health in women — is important.”
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