Women gather for annual 'Go Red For Women' luncheon

Women gather for annual 'Go Red For Women' luncheon, May 19, 2017. (WLUK/David Duchan)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- You might have noticed a lot of women wearing the color red on Friday.

They were attending the annual, "Go Red For Women" luncheon, sponsored by the American Heart Association.

For more than a decade, the movement has been teaching women about heart disease, stroke and prevention.

One in three women die from it, nationwide.

Survivors spoke about lowering your risk, and why women, in particular, don't always listen to the warning signs.

"'Cause we're women that take care of everyone else. We put our own health on hold," said Beth Koehne, heart disease survivor, "Know your numbers, exercise, eat healthy, that's the most important thing."

"So it's important that you're the one that says to your doctor, 'let's get an echo-screen, or let's get a heart screening,' to stay on top of that," said Ahsley Kust, whose mother had heart disease. "Because ultimately, you're the one who's in charge of your own health. So take the initiative and take care of yourself. It's important."

FOX 11's Michelle Melby was the emcee for the event.

About 200 people gathered at the Radisson Hotel, to raise money for the cause.

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