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Last Updated: Feb 8th, 2018 - 11:22:58

Ashley County Go Red to celebrate 10 years at annual gala
Feb 8, 2018, 11:21

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After 10 years, Ashley County Go Red for Women is sticking with its core message — listen to your heart.

After all, your life depends on it.

The annual Go Red for Women gala will be 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the First Baptist Church Multi-Ministry Center in Crossett, and the deadline to buy tickets is Feb. 16. The tickets are $15.

At the annual gala, Ashley County Go Red shares with women about how to recognize a heart attack or heart disease, and those who have had previous experiences with cardiac episodes share their stories.

“This year being 10 years, we are going to tell the story (of Ashley County Go Red),” Go Red committee member Linda McDougald said. “We are bringing back survivors from the past. We have learned that they touches people more than anything. They could read all day long, but when they see a young person — I had a 24-year-old heart attack survivor speak one year — it just shocks so many of them.”

Ashley County Go Red started after McDougald and Loretta Stell, who are both intensive care nurses at Ashley County Medical Center, noticed that while women were aware of the need for detection and prevention of breast cancer, many knew nothing about heart disease. Most thought cancer was the leading killer of women, she said.

“We kept saying, ‘That is not true, that is not the No. 1 killer of women,” she said. “I couldn’t understand why they are not getting that out.”

--For the complete story, see the print edition.