The Buffalo/Niagara Region will "Go Red" Friday, as part of the National Wear Red Day celebration, and throughout Heart Month to benefit the American Heart Association.
Hundreds of local businesses, community groups, hospitals, towns and schools signed up to help raise awareness and funds to fight cardiovascular disease, including lighting local buildings and parks red
The following is a schedule of "Go Red" supporters and events:
•Thursday, Feb. 5: "Hearts for Heart" fundraiser at the First Niagara Center (Buffalo Sabres vs. St. Louis Blues game)
•Friday, Feb. 6: City of Buffalo proclamation; buildings and parks "Glow Red
•Thursday, Feb. 12: Go Red For Women Reception and Fashion Show
•Glowing red throughout the month of February:
Thousands of companies and organizations nationwide encourage their employees to wear red and donate $5 to the Go Red For Women movement and receive a red dress pin.
Funds raised through Wear Red Day help support the life-saving initiatives of the American Heart Association - awareness campaigns, prevention and education programs and cutting-edge scientific research. In Buffalo, the American Heart Association currently funds more than $1.9 million in research related to cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
"For 11 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement. Heart disease is still women's No. 1 killer, affecting more women than men and more deadly than all forms of cancer combined," said Liz Zulawski, executive director of the Buffalo/Niagara American Heart Association.
Go Red For Women invites women to speak up and take charge of their heart health through simple lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating healthier, exercising more and maintaining a healthy weight. Women can find health tips at www.GoRedForWomen.org, including online tools and health assessments such as "My Life Check."