Val Chmerkovskiy To Help American Heart Association Celebrate 15 Years Of Improving Women's Health at Montgomery County Go Red For Women Event

By: Esther Schinzler
| Published 04/24/2019


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Dancing With the Stars icon Val Chmerkovskiy will make sure The American Heart Association puts its best foot forward when it celebrates a milestone anniversary with the 15th annual Montgomery County Go Red for Women Sweet 15 Celebration.

The May 23 event will run from 1-4 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and will feature several exhibitions and vendors, including an appearance by Chmerkovskiy and a dance team from Dance With Me Studios.

Chmerkovskiy and Dance With Me’s appearance are just one of the highlights of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign to raise money and awareness about heart disease. The keynote speaker at Go Red for Women will be Connie Watt, vice president of the J.J. Watt Foundation and mother of three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

The Go Red for Women Sweet 15 will also feature Anna King, who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of 12 and received a heart transplant at the age of 14. Five years later King is in college studying graphic design. She will share her journey of heart health with an inspirational TED talk.

Lori Alford with Avanti Senior Living is the chairwoman for this year’s event and Avanti Senior Living is the signature event sponsor.

CVS Health is this year’s national sponsor and is also locally presented by Global Shop Solutions and by BMW of Houston North and The Woodlands.

Heart disease is the leading killer of women, nearly one in three deaths are a result of heart-related illnesses, a rate that equates to one heart-related death every 80 seconds. However, it doesn’t need to stay this way, nearly 80 percent of those illnesses are preventable.

From its start in 2004 with a handful of luncheons across the United States, Go Red for Women has grown to an international event with luncheons, celebrations and the Red Dress fashion show in New York City that has generated five billion media impressions.

Through the efforts of Go Red for Women, great strides have been made in raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease and positively impacting those who participate in the campaign. 95 percent of Go Red for Women supporters report making at least one healthy change in their lives last year, while recognition that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women has increased 90 percent.

Go Red for Women has raised more than $500 million since its inception, with those funds supporting research, education, advocacy, prevention and awareness programs across the country.

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