Go Red for Women’s Circle of Red Society is a powerful, passionate group of women and men dedicated to making an impact in our community’s fight against heart disease and stroke. As part of the Circle of Red, members are invited to attend exclusive gatherings to hear firsthand how their investment is making a difference. Circle of Red is a great place to build professional relationships and gain personal long-lasting friendships. Members are top philanthropists, executives, physicians, and area leaders. Our members have the influence and resources to help rally women to take charge of their heart health. Our society is committed to the mission of the American Heart Association. We recognize personal gifts of $2,500 or more as local Circle of Red Members.
There I was, on my 31st birthday, lying beside my bicycle, my heart racing at 280 beats per minute as I faded in and out of consciousness. After paramedics arrived and used an automatic external defibrillator (yep, the shock paddles), to normalize my heartbeat, I was rushed to the hospital where doctors spent 10 days trying to find a diagnosis. After a diagnosis of a rare heart condition, the doctors said, “We can’t fix you, but we can save your life.”
I am happy to report that, with the help of three internal defibrillators, fantastic medical care, and 48,545 pills, I celebrated my 50th birthday several weeks ago! I am proud to have spent the past decades empowering others to care for their heart health and to listen to that critical inner voice, telling them that something might be wrong. Too often, cardiovascular issues like high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats are dismissed as stress-related or caused by other factors, like pregnancy. In my case, a fainting episode in my late twenties was attributed to dehydration, not eating enough, and caffeine, before finally being recognized as a cardiovascular problem.
Through the years, the American Heart Association has been my inspiration, my family, and a beacon of light to so many who were not aware of the risks of heart disease. The red dress tattoo over my defibrillator keeps me fighting daily—for myself and for others.
Our goal is to provide meaningful experiences to recognize and engage such distinguished and generous support. We hope Circle of Red provides a great opportunity for you to network and share in the work of the AHA with fellow society members!
If you are interested in joining our Circle of Red Society, please reach out to Annie Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-936-5816.