American Heart Association

Go downtown for the Go Red for Women luncheon

by Allison Hatfield | February 20, 2020

The cornerstone event of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement takes place on Feb. 28, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. This years honorees are former Trinity Industries CEO Tim Wallace and Meredith O’Neal, who is an AHA vice president.

The 2020 Open Your Heart Survivor honoree, O’Neal suffered a life-threatening aortic dissection as an expectant mother. Physicians at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas saved her life and that of her baby in 2018 after a searing pain ripped through her chest at 4 in the morning.

Wallace — along with the women of Trinity Industries and sister company Arcosa — is the 2020 Sandi Haddock Community Impact honoree. The former Trinity Industries CEO and longtime AHA volunteer leader was integral in the inception of the award, which is presented at each year’s luncheon to someone who has significantly improved the health of women in our community. He recently retired from Trinity Industries, which over more than a decade raised nearly $7.5 million for the AHA and weaved the organization’s mission and values into the cultural fabric of both companies.

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum. The New York cardiologist recently opened her own healthcare center focusing on women’s health, and she wrote Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life. Her mission: teach women to live a balanced, heart-centered life.

A woman dies of cardiovascular disease in the United States about every 80 seconds. Some of those women are our friends and neighbors. Many were unaware of their risks, even though about 80 percent of cardiovascular disease can be prevented.

That’s why 15 years ago, AHA launched Go Red for Women. Created to raise awareness among women about their greatest health threat, the campaign today is a force for change all over the world. Not just an opportunity to look stunning in a red dress, Go Red for Women is a way for women and their families to learn to lead healthier lives. 

In the Dallas area, more than 22,000 women participate in Go Red for Women. If you’re not one of them, there’s still time! Attend or volunteer to help out at the luncheon.

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