Cape Gazette

Go Red for Women event held in Dover

Feb 19, 2014
Photo by: Steven Billups

The 11th Annual Southern Delaware Go Red for Women event was held Feb. 7 at Dover Downs ballroom. The theme of the event was “Does Your Heart Throb?”

The event was hosted by the Southern Delaware Chapter of the American Heart Association and helps to raise awareness about heart disease and strokes in women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, more deadly than all forms of cancer, killing one in three women. The event featured heath screenings, a silent auction, health care vendors, lunch and speakers.

Shown are the event organizers (l-r) Marianne Foard, auction chair; Kimberly Holmes, chair; Elaine Bittner, vice chair; Karen Merson, education chair; Kathy Pyle, auction co-chair; and Rae Short, logistics coordinator.


Browsing the many silent auction items are Harriet McNeal, left, and Marilyn Spendley. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Kristein Owens of Delaware Heart and Vascular of Dover performs a carotid artery screening on Brenda Chambers of Dover. The screening uses ultrasound to detect the buildup of plaque in the artery. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Blood Bank of Delaware Account Executive Jane Tower (l-r) discusses the Blood Bank program with attendees Jessica Snow and Barb Robbins. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Patricia Sandy, left, the Go Red for Women event held at Baywood Greens, presents a check to event chair Kimberly Holmes. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Keynote Speaker Dr. Jane Sherman shared the story of the stroke she suffered two years ago. Her husband, Dr. Richard Sherman, recognized the symptoms and called 911 and got her to hospital quickly enough that she was able to regain her speech and motor functions. She promotes recognizing the symptoms with the acronym F.A.S.T. Face, arm speech and time. Does the face droop when the person smiles? Is the arm weak? Is speech slurred or strange? T stands for time. If any of these signs is apparent, call 911 immediately. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
A highlight of the show featured a fashion show with women who have been affected by heart disease and individuals including cardiologists, supporters and friends who support them. Shown is Sophia Martinez with friend Brian Johnson. Martinez, a student at Sussex Tech was diagnosed with a hole in heart at in her first year in life. She underwent open heart surgery and now is a active teenager. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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