Go red for a good cause

February 2, 2010 4:12:30 PM PST
A fashion show with a lifesaving message for you and the women in your life.

The models, their stories and their outfits:

Mary Anne McDonough


  • Red Guess Jacket, $260
  • Marc Fisher black bootie shoes, $ 69.50

    Mary Anne is a mother, wife, sister and heart transplant survivor. She first learned the word "cardiomyopathy" in 2006 after an unknown virus invected her heart. Through a maze of medications and tests, her condition worsened until, in July 2008, Mary Anne received a defibrillator. A few months later it saved her life. Last January, Mary Anne was hospitalized while she waited for a healthy heart to become available. Her miracle came on Feb. 26, 2009. At 2 a.m. the next morning, her new hert was pumping inside her body. With her daughters, sister, husband and father all anxiously waiting, Mary Anne's life began again.

    Her passion for the American Heart Association in was born out of her experience. Heart disease does not discriminate. In memory of her donor Dawn, and all other donors, she continued her journey in life. To all the mothers, daughters and sisters of the world, she asks that they take the time they need, be healthy and make each day count!

    Desiree Heinen


  • Ralph Lauren Black Skirt, $109.00
  • Ralph Lauren Red Sweater, $89.50

    At 4:30 a.m. on April 16th, 2008, Desiree woke up just "not feeling right." Rushed by ambulance to the hospital, she was diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction, and a stent was inserted on the right side of her heart. Since then she has made major lifestyle changes, not least of which is to volunteer as an advocate for the American Heart Association. Featured in the hospital's "Miracles Happen" campaign, Desiree's photo appears on billboards across the San Joaquin Valley.

    Vickie Geary Modeling:

  • Black BCBG Dress, $268.00
  • INC jacket, $69

    Thin and active all her life, Vickie Geary was surprised when a sensation like a bowling ball pushing down on her stomach turned out to be a heart attack. The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement taught her to call the doctor if she experienced unusual feelings in her jaw, neck or torso for she needed triple by-pass surgery at the age of 55. She is surviving and thriving everyday and will be sassy and 60 this year!

    Donna Bomgardner


  • Cachet Red Wrap Top, $109.00
  • Alex Evening's Black Velvet Crop-Pant, $69.00

    In 1997 Donna was A 35-year-old smoker who weighed more than 360 pounds. Then she was diagnosed with diabetes and had a silent heart attack. Through diet and exercise - and with the help of her very supportive husband of 27 years - Donna has lost more than 150 pounds. In June of 2008,during hip replacement surgery, she suffered a stroke that resulted in a total loss of speech. Surgery to unblock the carotid artery in Donna's neck followed. It was a long road back but as you can see Donna has recovered completely! Donna says, "Be strong, have a sense of humor and keep the faith!"

    Anna Nguyen


  • Betsy and Adam Red Evening Dress, $189.00

    For more than 30 years Anna lived with shortness of breath and chest pains while she searched for answers. Finally, last year Anna found out she had an anomolous left coronary artery; a rare and serious heart defect. She received open heart surgery immediately, but her bypass failed. She now awaits a miracle from science. Anna's story inspired the creation of the website www.MyMedWorld.com , where she journals about her experience. Anyone can sign up, share their story and read about others going through similar circumstances. Anna encourages everyone to not only take charge of your heart health, but to pay attention to what your body is telling you.

    Nicole Wragge Modeling:

  • Dress, Calvin Klein, $89.50
  • Macy's Black beaded necklace, $11.00
  • Earrings, Givenchy, $30.00

    Nicole is enjoying the last year of her 20s and excited for what is to come in her 30s. But she knows it's important to pay attention to your heart health at any age. That's why she became involved with the American Heart Association. She has seen too many friends and family battle heart-related issues and she would like to be a role model for her children. Nicole has brought a local voice to the Go Red campaign by becoming the founding member of the Silicon Valley Circle of Red. With the full support of her husband Tony, number sixty-nine and an offensive lineman for the San Francsico 49ers, and their two lovely daughters, Addison and Avery, she and her fellow Circle of Red members are working ot shed light for so many women on the importance of taking care of your heart!


    Dr. Poornima Sood, American Heart Association spokesperson
    Director, Clinical Research, at Abbott Vascular, the Bay Area Hometown Sponsor of Go Red For Women.

    Catherine Bartels, manager of Macy's Union Square. Macy's is a National Sponsor of Go Red For Women

    About the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement:
    Why the red? The little red dress is the symbol of heart disease and women and the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement.

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of women. One in three women will die from cardiovascular diseases. That surprises many people. But we can all make simple, everyday choices that can make a difference.

  • As women, our busy lifestyles often require us to be multi-tasking caregivers, putting our own health on the back burner. But there are many easy steps we can take to improve our health, reduce stress, and live a heart-healthy life. Small steps can add up to big health benefits!

  • Whether it's eating healthier, exercising more, reducing our cholesterol, or quitting smoking, we can take these steps for ourselves and for those we love. These actions will also help prevent stroke, which is the number 3 killer of women.

  • Visit GoRedForWomen.org and sign up to receive a free monthly email with health information, recipes and more. You'll receive a little red dress pin LIKE OURS in the mail. On the website, you can take the Go Red CheckUp, which will give you your 10-year risk for heart disease. You can print it out and take it to your doctor so you can craft an action plan together.

  • Available exclusively at select Macy's, including San Francisco, as well as on macys.com, the "Little Red Dress" retails for $69 with 10 percent of the sales price of each dress to be donated to the American Heart Association.

    Friday, Feb. 5 is National Wear Red Day
    We wear red to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women as well as men. Join us by wearing red this Friday!

    For more information on Go Red For Women, call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit http://www.goredforwomen.org.

    San Francisco 49er Tony Wragge and his wife Nicole will be at Kaiser Santa Clara, 700 Lawrence Expressway, at 9 a.m. on Friday