An Indiana University Bloomington sorority is joining people throughout the country Feb. 7, 2020, to raise money for education and awareness surrounding women’s heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, about one woman per minute dies from heart disease. The association launched the Go Red for Women Campaign in 2004 to dispel myths—such as the idea that heart disease is a men’s health issue—and raise awareness of heart disease and stroke as the No. 1 killer of women.
The Beta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi will host the Red Dress Gala Brunch Feb. 23to raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation, which annually awards a $100,000 Heart to Heart Grant for women’s health research. Recent recipients include UC Davis Health, Yale School of Medicine, and the Texas Heart Institute.
Since its inception, the Go Red for Women Campaign has started a movement, raising more than $540 million dollars for research, prevention, education, and support in the fight against heart disease. More than 95% of its supporters have made at least one change to foster a more healthful lifestyle.
Between ticket sales and a silent auction, the group hopes to raise $10,000 to contribute toward the $100,000 total gift and Alpha Phi Foundation. Speakers will share personal stories of hope and resilience focused on how heart disease has impacted them and those close to them.
“The impact that we can have on the community is amazing,” says Kelley School of Business sophomore and Alpha Phi’s vice president of community outreach.
Everyone can join in support of women’s heart health! You can donate to the Go Red for Women campaign here. Wear your red in solidarity with Go Red for Women on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 and use the hashtag #GoRedForWomen.