The American Heart Association held its Utica Go Red For Women Luncheon at Daniele's in New Hartford on Wednesday.

The luncheon recognized the second annual Go Red Survivor Class, featuring eight local women who are survivors of heart disease and stroke.

Heart transplant survivor Cheryl Murdock was the featured speaker, sharing her story, including the story of the teenage girl who provided her new heart.

Over 440 people attended the event, which raised more than $130,000 for the Go Red For Women Campaign.

The chairwoman of the 2017 Go Red For Women campaign was Kristen Martin, Chief Operating Officer for the Utica National Insurance Group.

"It has been an honor to serve as the chairwoman of this great event," said Martin. "Go Red For Women encourages all of us to truly think about our own heart health and how we can improve the health of our community. I am thankful for all the support this movement has received from local volunteers, donors, sponsors, and community leaders. Because of you, we are making a difference."

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