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Go Red for Women highlights eight survivors

Conexión San Angelo newsroom, Jim Sánchez

Judy Rosser was one of eight survivors whose story was told at the 19th annual, Go Red for Women Luncheon held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

SAN ANGELO – The American Heart Association’s mission “to create a world of longer, healthier lives” was fulfilled in the lives of eight survivors who were highlighted at this year’s 19th annual, ‘Go Red for Women’ Luncheon fashion show.

Those survivors’ stories were told by KLST News anchor, Carolyn McEnrue, emcee, and co-emcee, vice president/general manager of Foster Communications Co. Inc. Rick Mantooth before a majority of women all dressed in red.

When GRW Circle of Red Chairperson Julie Schniers’ time came to speak, she encouraged her gender to say “yes to being heart healthy and take time for you. Our kids, our friends, our family are watching what you say yes to. So, make sure the yes you say yes is to yourself”

The eight who stepped onto the stage of the McNease Convention Center included:

Betty Lewis. On November 26th at 2 a.m. after being transported by her husband to San Angelo, blood work showed Lewis was having a heart attack. On Thanksgiving morning, Lewis had the successful surgery.

Ronnie Rose. After additional stents, surgery, weight loss, exercise and medication, Rose is now living a healthy, fulfilling life at 64 years old.

Judy Rosser. Judy was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer 16 years ago and credits God and her wonderful doctors for her survival.

Jackie Parker. On April 12, 2015, during surgery, doctors realized she was in left and right heart failure and was put on the transplant list. On June 18, 2015, Jackie received her new heart.

Chris Chapa. In July 2021, Chapa was hospitalized with Covid and, while recovering, suffered a stroke. His message is simple: “make time now for your health or a stroke will find the time for you.”

Bryce Harper. At 11 days old, Bryce underwent his first open-heart surgery. Bryce is currently on no medication and is doing great.

Dawn Oliver. Three years after Dawn was diagnosed with diabetes, and experiencing fatigue, a check-up revealed she would need a stent to clear up the blockage in her arteries. Doctors explained that Dawn’s diabetes was the cause of her heart issues.

Elizabeth Watts. Watts had a stress test and an angiogram that identified a 75% blockage of one of her arteries. Doctors recommended this be treated with medication.

The survivors’ bio profiles were provided by Ashley Quintana, Corporate Marketing Director for the American Heart Association.

With a silent auction and pledges made, the goal was to raise $10,000. “The funds raised will be used locally to deliver CPR kits, it helps our youth sports with hands-on CPR, etc. said Quintana.

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