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was shocked to learn that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Even with the devastating effect heart disease has had in my family for generations, I was not aware of its pervasive consequences for women everywhere, especially women of color. The American Heart Association is positively impacting heart health in our community – and as a woman, mother, sister and wife, I feel compelled to be involved. Our 2019 Go Red for Women theme says it best: Women are unstoppable, and together we will save the lives of our mothers, sisters, friends – perhaps even our own. Pam Webb, Vice President, Human Our mission is to impact 20,000 Resources at Ohio National Financial Greater Cincinnati women of all ages by Services with Barbara Turner 2020 through education, awareness and driving change in our community. Our impact on these women moves the needle for AHA’s 2020 impact goal: improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. At Ohio National, we’ve come together to support AHA’s work and have taken steps to improve our own heart health with the Check. Change. Control. program (more about that below). Seventy-two percent of associates who participated improved their blood pressure through continual monitoring. I hope to encourage organizations throughout Greater Cincinnati to adopt this program and improve the long-term health of the people who work for them. I’m honored to lead Go Red for Women in 2019 and make a difference today and for generations to come. I personally want to thank every person who has given time, effort and financial support for this important cause. Please join me in working to ensure that women live longer, healthier lives.

Barbara A. Turner, Go Red for Women Chair Ohio National President and Chief Operating Officer

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Ohio National implements ‘Check. Change. Control.’ and reduces heart risks for associates

American Heart Association 5211 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45227 Tel: (513) 842-8877 Fax: (513) 281-1433

During the first four months of 2018, 464 associates from Ohio National participated in the American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. program. Seventy-two percent showed blood pressure improvement. Twenty-two percent brought their blood pressure from an uncontrolled state to a controlled state, significantly reducing their risk for heart disease and stroke. Ohio National’s medical staff offered blood pressure screenings in the lobby one day each week and every day in Ohio National’s on-site medical clinic and fitness center. Participating associates tracked at least two blood pressure readings each month using AHA’s Check. Change. Control. tracking website. With ongoing blood pressure monitoring, the medical staff was able to help associates maintain healthy blood pressure levels and work with them to lower readings in the elevated or hypertensive categories. Multiple associates have continued to monitor their blood pressures using the tracking website even after the program ended. Ohio National will begin its 2019 Check. Change. Control. program again in January.

On the cover: Front Row (l to r): Lori Mascall, Terri Kersey, Bailey Hemingway, Bethany Moeddel and Lynn Maatman. Back Row (l to r): Katie Noble, Charlotte Ferguson, Tabbatha Kelly, Meka Butler, Wendy Dean, Diana Gibbs and Sandra Wright.

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I’m a Survivor By Liz Engel


he day before her 58th birthday, Sandra Wright went on the ride of her life. In the back of an ambulance, no less, after some serious shortness of breath landed her in a hospital emergency room in 2014. The diagnosis? Doctors told Wright, who had no prior heart-related issues, that she had congestive heart failure. She couldn’t breathe because her lungs had all but filled with fluid. “I said, ‘No. My heart is fine,’” she recalls. “I was in denial. I had no clue how critical I was.” Following her discharge, and still in disbelief, Wright half-heartedly followed her doctor’s instructions, even though she was plagued with continual shortness of breath and edema. An event planner with a background in interior decor, she stayed busy and went on with life as usual, she says. But by 2017, her condition had worsened. After a dinner—this time celebrating her husband’s birthday—she agreed to go to a local hospital for care. She was promptly transferred to The Christ Hospital, specifically because “they have the best equipment and technology to help,” she says. What she thought would be a “two-day tune up” turned into a 50-day stint that ended with a heart transplant. Dr. Satya Shreenivas, an interventional cardiologist at Christ who treated Wright in the ICU, told her it was the only option. Her heart was damaged beyond repair. “When I first met her, she was at the end stage of heart failure. She ended up getting

shocked several times. It was her heart’s way of say ing, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’” Shreenivas says. “What makes Sandra’s case unique is how quickly her heart failure became very, very severe, and, also, how well the rest of her body was able to cope while we treated her. That allowed us to get her to a transplant quickly.” News of a new heart came after 40 days and 40 nights at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. When Wright got word, she “sprung up out of bed, shouting hysterically,” she says. But, just as fast, reality set in. “Somebody had died,” she says, to make her dream a reality. She still hasn’t met her donor’s family but hopes to. The words “thank you” don’t seem like enough. “I told them [the medical staff], ‘You will never regret this. You will never regret putting this heart in me,’” she says. “I will make it my life’s work and be an advocate for women’s heart disease. And that’s pretty much what I’ve done. “I want them [the family] to know…we like each other a lot,” she adds. “I’ve had no issues. No infection, no rejection.” Wright, now 62, hopes to share her story at every turn. Recently, she spoke at Circle of Red, the same event she attended a few

Sandra Wright yea rs ago w it h a f r iend when she f irst signed up as an American Heart Association volunteer. She hopes her message will encourage and inspire. She plans to write it down in its entirety one day, either as a book or play. She will definitely never be the same. “It’s changed my whole perspective,” she says. “Since [this happened], I’ve done so many wonderful things with my life. Things I never thought I would do. There is life after a heart transplant. You can live your best life. And I am.” n

Heart failure can strike out of the blue, says Dr. Satya Shreenivas, an interventional cardiologist with Christ Hospital Physicians. But a case like Sandra Wright’s is rare. He believes her heart failure stemmed from a viral infection in early 2014 that damaged her heart muscle. While you should always see a physician if a cold persists, or if you notice swelling in your legs, chest pain or shortness of breath, other signs are more common. Fortunately because of The Christ Hospital’s strong VAD program, Shreenivas was able to work closely with St. Vincent Heart Center to assure a successful transfer and transplant, and, now, the ability to manage all of Wright’s follow-up care. “You worry about these rare zebras, but the thing that kills people, the more common thing I see, is people ignoring their high blood pressure, their high cholesterol, their weight,” Shreenivas says. “And sometimes the symptoms of heart attack or heart failure, especially for females, are atypical. You think about crushing chest pain. But sometimes it’s discomfort. Sometimes it feels like reflux, but usually it’s just a tightening.” For more information, visit G R 2


Experience the Power of the Red Dress With the support of our committed sponsors and dedicated volunteers, we Go Red all year through outreach programs designed to meet people where they are. Here are just a few ways we painted the town RED this last year: LIFE IS WHY FASHION SHOW Thanks to the generous support of UC Health, we held our third annual Life Is Why We Wear Red Fashion Show. UC DAAP students shared their red dress designs and local survivors and their stories were featured on the runway.



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moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about congenital heart defects. For more information, email

Calendar of Events Women’s Health Conference Thursday, Jan. 17 Oasis Conference Center Presented by Ohio National Financial Services, the conference offers educational sessions to inspire women to live their healthiest lives. Private event. 16th Annual National Wear Red Day Friday, Feb. 1 Wear RED to show your support of Go Red for Women. For downloadable information, visit   Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball & Young Professional After Party Saturday, March 2 Duke Energy Convention Center Presented by TriHealth and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, this 26th annual black tie gala will honor the Fisher family with the Heart of the City Award and include interactive auctions and Young Professional After Party. For more information, visit

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14th Annual Go Red for Women Experience Wednesday, April 24 Duke Energy Convention Center Presented by Ohio National Financial Services, the Experience offers exhibits, health screenings, educational sessions, luncheon and fashion show. For more information, visit

HeartChase Saturday, May 18 Newport on the Levee Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, HeartChase is a race using smartphones which guide participants through checkpoints to solve interactive challenges. For more information, visit

Heart Mini Health & Fitness Expo Presented by Worldpay Saturday, March 9, 9-5pm Duke Energy Convention Center Sunday, March 10 Downtown Cincinnati Medpace’s 15K Heart Mini and St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Heart ½ Marathon – 7:30 am UC Health’s 1K Steps for Stroke – 9:15 a.m. Ohio National Financial Services’ 5K Heart Race – 10:30 a.m. 2K Kids Race – 11:30 a.m. Mercy Health’s 5K Heart Walk – noon For more information, visit

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STEM conference returns for second year M ore than 200 high school girls from 16 schools in Greater Cincinnati participated in the 2nd annual STEM Goes Red conference on Nov. 13 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Students took part in speed mentoring with some of the area’s top female executives, giving the girls an opportunity to ask one-on-one questions. Keynote speaker, Dr. Philecia Avery, delivered an inspiring message encouraging young women to pursue their dreams. Other activities included breakout sessions on hands-only CPR, the health impact of vaping, the science of scent, STEM careers in the construction industry, and an escape room game with a focus on technology.  


Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs, or jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. And for every 100 female bachelors’ students, just 12 graduate with a STEM major and only three continue to work in STEM fields. The goal of STEM Goes Red is to power the next great medical breakthroughs by investing in a younger generation of future researchers, biomedical engineers and innovators. The STEM Goes Red conference was the first step to motivate and engage young women to pursue at career in STEM with a mindset focused on what Go Red is all about. n

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Circle of Red

Life is why we stand together MOTHER. SISTER. FRIEND.


he Circle of Red Society is an elite group of women who are making a commitment to fight the No. 1 killer of women. These women make a minimum personal gift of $2,500 annually to support Go Red for Women and serve as ambassadors for the cause. The Circle helps fund research grants needed to find a cure for heart disease, increase awareness about women’s risk of heart disease and stroke, and strongly impacts the younger generation by educating them about the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle. For more information on how to join, contact Amanda Mills at (513) 699-4208 or Thanks to Kendra Scott for providing a selection of jewelry for this photo shoot. The Greater Cincinnati Circle of Red has more than 75 members and is one of the largest in the country.

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Back Row (L to R): Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, Rosemary Schlachter, Robin Everhart, Deborah Hayes, Jenny Matthews, Cathy Lindemann, Kris Attema, Jillian Scherzinger, Barbara Turner and Thanh Pham Front Row (L to R): Vera Hall, Cindy Broderick, Jill Brinck, Philecia Avery, Pam Webb, Connie Kreutzjans, Shirley Yoshida and Laurie Conkright See page 12 for a complete list of names.

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hat is Men Go Red for Women? A dynamic, committed group of men who are rallying their resources to fight heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. By personally donating a minimum of $2,500 to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, these men stand behind the women they care about – their wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends – while also influencing others and inspiring communities. Members of Men Go Red raise awareness and provide funds for lifesaving programs and research that fuels the development of medications, surgical innovations, treatments and recommendations for preventing heart disease. Because of our dedicated supporters, we are leading the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Back Row (L to R): Dr. Eugene Chung, Charley Lindemann, Glen Attema, Dr. Louis Louis and Gerald Sparkman Front Row (L to R): Tom Anderson, Jim Reese, George Kreutzjans, Dr. DP Suresh, Dr. Tom Broderick, Dr. Richard Becker and Kevin Hughes. See page 12 for a complete list of names.

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Circle of Red Unavailable for group photo:

Erin Arnold

Dr. Suzanne Bennett

Dr. Ann Berenfield

Dr. Rachelle Boudreau

Sarah Broman

Caitlin Clipp

Allison Doviak

Dianne Dunkelman

Greta Elenbaas

Missy Ford

Sarah Giolando Matlin

Beverly Grant

Kathryn Haines

Kim Halbauer

Delores Hargrove Young

Jennifer Hauck

Julie Holt

Denise Kuprionis

Lynn Lofgren

Dee Martin

Jill McGruder

Sue McPartlin

Kathy McQueen

Mary Miller

Kathy Mitts

JoAnne Noyes

Judy Pershern

Not Pictured: Andrea Ayers, Eileen Berke, Jan Binzer, Terri Calla, Linda Clement-Holmes, Mary Cleveland, Becky Crawford, Zerlina Dubois, Patricia Foxx, Kay Geiger, Stefanie Grace, Peggy Greenberg, Kristal Hambrick, Cynthia Henderson, Jennifer Jackson, Kate Keller, Lorie Kissela, Glenna Kraus, Jule Kucera, Wendy Lea, Deborah P. Majoras, Alexis McLaughlin, Tracy O’Keefe, Lynn Rhoads, Dianne Rosenberg, Patti Rothfuss, Angela Sklenka, Ann Smith, Liza Smitherman, Teresa Tanner, Sue Thinnes, Jaymi Wilson, Sandra Winkle, Susan Zaunbrecher and Alison Zimmerman Julia Poston

Maribeth Rahe

Trish Smitson

Alli Stevens

Tina Yelton

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Dr. Opelolu Adeoye

Len Berenfield

Dr. Stephen Lewis

Chris Carlson

Dr. Richard Lofgren

Thomas D. Cassady

Braden Martini

John Fovel

Bill McCloy

Peter Gilbert

Larry McGruder

Mike Keating

Dr. Frank Noyes

Dr. Brett Kissela

Daman Turner

Kurt Lewis

Mark Yelton

Not Pictured: Ben Anderson, Dr. Daniel Beyerbach, PhD, Tom Binzer, Zach Binzer, Mark Clement, Errol Cleveland, Michael Fisher, Dave Foxx, Jack Geiger, Dr. Charlie Hattemer, Gary “Doc” Huffman, Fred Lamm, Rodney McMullen, Michael McQueen, Tom Mischell, Myles Pensak, Wym Portman, Tony Ramstetter, Carl Satterwhite, Peter Schwartz, Ryan Smokovitz, Joel G. Stone, LeVon Thompson, Jr., Chandra Venkataramani and Jeff Wyler

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MOTHER. SISTER. FRIEND. #RedDressStories is a place for women to share their hopes, their fears, and most of all – their fight with heart disease or stroke. By sharing, women can find comfort in knowing they are not alone. Lori Mascall, 51

Bailey Hemingway, 10

Lebanon, OH It was a 65-degree November day i n Oh io, so my friends and I took our k ids to t he park after school. I challenged my son to a race up a hill, and by the t i me I reached the top, I couldn’t speak or move the right side of my body. An undiagnosed ASD allowed a clot to leave my heart and go straight to my brain. I received tPA within 90 minutes and all my symptoms resolved within 20. My advice for women is to be your own best patient advocate. Educate yourself. Ask questions of your provider. Insist on the best care.

Edgewood, KY I have one of the most complicated congenital heart defects ca l led Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (H L H S) . T h i s mea n s t he lef t ventricle of the heart is so small a nd underdeveloped, t hat I had open heart surgery in my first week of life – along with other staged surgeries – to rework how my heart pumps blood to the body and lungs. My other staged surgeries, at 2 weeks old, 6 months old, and 3 years old, were all successful, thanks to the amazing team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The fourth, most recent surgery in 2013 at age 4, was unanticipated but needed because of a narrowing between the atriums. Today, I have overcome more than most people go through in a lifetime. I am active, loving, caring and outgoing. I have a passion for soccer, volleyball, swimming and playing with friends. It has made me fearless. My advice for women is to realize they are not alone, and that if I can fight, so can they.

Bethany Moeddel, 40 Cincinnati, OH I had high blood pressure in my m i d 2 0 ’s . M y primar y care doctor prescribed medication that made it normal. But during one a n nu a l v i s it , I w a s told I w a s too young to take the medication and should stop. I was 29. I did not agree with stopping but I did. Within two months, I had two massive strokes at the same time leaving me unable to move my left side. Doctors said I would always need a caregiver. Today I live alone, drive and work part time. You should always be your own advocate. If you disagree with your physician, ask questions or get a second opinion. Never give up on rehabilitation and set goals. G R 14


Charlotte Ferguson, 76 Cincinnati, OH I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at age 55; a virus had attacked my heart. Despite weig ht loss surgery, exercising three times a week, watching my diet and sodium intake, I was getting worse. So 20 years later, my cardiologist decided it was time for an LVAD. I

was so blessed this procedure was available to me. I will celebrate my five-year “Vadiversary” on Jan. 14, 2019. I am active, have a part-time job and lead a full, healthy life. So don’t give up! Keep your faith and pray for yourself and others. And don’t exclude your family on your journey.

Diana Gibbs, 59 Cincinnati, OH A s a s a le s rep, work i ng long, hard days was nor ma l for me. While traveling to Louisville to give a presentation, I felt sick to my stomach. I stopped and bought a bottle of water and Bayer a s pi r i n . I to ok three aspirin because the bottle said I could. After six hours, I was traveling home and there was a squeezing pain in my left wrist and elbow. I decided to stop at Christ Hospital to get checked out. That was the most important decision I made that day. The doctor on call found a blood clot in my branch artery, which had caused a heart attack. The aspirin kept my blood thin, so there was no damage to my heart. If you have a heart attack symptom, take an aspirin and get checked out by your doctor or go to the hospital.

Katie Noble, 16 Cincinnati, OH I was diagnosed w ith HLHS and AV S D a f e w months after I was born. Growing up, I knew I was not like my sister, but it never seemed to bot her me. Elementary and m id d l e s c ho ol physical educa-

tion classes were a challenge, as I was never anyone’s first pick. Despite this, I never let anyone drag me down, and since then, I have continued to work hard on my studies. Don’t ever let your body, inside or outside, define who you are. You are you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a stroke or a heart defect. Be who you are, and never let anything stop you from living life to the fullest.

Lynn Maatman, 74 Cincinnati, OH At age 73, havi n g b e e n s e l fd iscipl i ned at bot h exercise and healthy eating for 12 years, I was surprised and concerned at my lack of energy. A cardiologist diagnosed a mild leakage of my mitral valve, to be rechecked in three months. The next month during my husband’s pre-surgery appointment for his own heart valve issue, my symptoms resurfaced, and his surgeon strongly encouraged a second opinion. All four of my heart valves were leaking, and I had mini-mitral open-heart surgery. Today I’m extremely grateful for the grace of God and the knowledge and skills of my medical team. Women tend to be independent and self-sufficient. My advice is to pray first…then seek the help of others. Listen to your body. Know your symptoms and write them down for your doctor. Remember that women’s heart symptoms often differ from a man’s. Don’t discount what is happening as “nothing.”

Meka Butler, 39 Cincinnati, OH About two years ago, I sta r ted to feel “funny.” I felt con f used and weird, and my face and arm felt st ra nge. I t houg ht, “A m I having a stroke?” But I dismissed it thinking I was too young. Plus, my sy mptoms weren’t like the ones I saw on TV. I thought I was just tired and needed a nap, so I headed

to my bedroom to lie down. That’s when I dropped my cellphone and shattered the screen (something I never do). Immediately, I knew I had to get to a hospital. I was having a stroke. At the hospital, I found out I was having TIA’s, and while they were treating me for the TIA, I had the stroke that we all think about when we think about a stroke. The doctor said if I had taken a nap as planned, I may have never woken up. When you feel strange, or feel something is wrong, don’t explain it away. Get help.

Tabbatha Kelly, 49 Cincinnati, OH At age 44, I su f fered f rom congestive heart failure. No one k new what was happening to me, not even my doctor. I did not f it t he t y pica l profile. However, my hear t had been failing for t h r e e mont h s . After a vigorous medication plan, cardio rehab, and two years out of the woods, I thought I was home free. When April 2016 arrived, I was facing heart failure again. This time I was told the only medical provision left was a pacemaker/ defibrillator. I opted for the surgery and now consider myself the “bionic woman.” There is strength and victory in this disease. You have to choose not to be a victim. You can be victorious!

Wendy Dean, 50 Cincinnati, OH The same year Go Red for Women launched, in 2004, I survived a heart attack at age 35 and was diagnosed w ith coronary artery disease/atherosclerosis. My left anterior descendi ng a r ter y (t he w i d o w m a k e r) was 70 percent blocked. The diagonal and other smaller arteries had blockage, too. My heart is damaged but functioning normally with two stents and medications – making me exceedingly thankful for AHA funding and research. Until that day, I had no idea heart disease was the No. 1 killer of women. I never once suspected my fatigue and other symptoms were heart related. Know your family history; monitor and understand your blood pressure and cholesterol; be aware of trans-fats and sugar in your diet; manage anger and stress; and keep exercise and sleep at the top of your to-do list.

Do you know a woman who would like to share and be part of #RedDressStories? Email Go Red for Women director Courtney Martin at

Terri Kersey, 48 Cincinnati, OH In 2014, I climbed Mount Kilimanja ro i n A f r ica for seven days, and it was awesome. The next day we took an a w e -i n s p i r i n g safari trip. That evening, a f ter dinner, I had an ischemic (hemi) stroke. It was a week before I made it back to the United States for proper medical treatment. I want to empower other stroke survivors. Be active! or call (513) 699-4224.

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