The American Heart Association held its Rome Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Delta Lake Inn on Friday afternoon.

The event celebrates women and empowers them to improve their heart health.  Heart disease is the number one killer of women.

“Our goal today is that you help us break the silence and change the tide about the devastating impact heart disease is having on our families, our communities and on women in particular,” said Go Red for Women Chairwoman Jennifer Keida, Chief Operating Officer of Standard Insulating Co. “One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. One in three women will die of cardiovascular disease. That’s a third of our mothers, sisters and friends. It’s time to change this fact.”

Passion Speaker Cindy Hayes shared her story as the mother of a young heart disease and stroke survivor. Today marks five years since her son Jaxon was diagnosed at birth with a congenital heart defect.

American Heart Association-Rome Hospital

The luncheon was sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital and Townsquare Media.