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Milwaukee American Heart Association board chairman triumphs in battle against No. 1 woman killer

MILWAUKEE – Brookfield resident Erin Levzow has been named the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Milwaukee 2024 Woman of Impact winner for her work to raise money and awareness in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women and to improve women’s health and well-being. the local community. In the United States, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women.

Over the course of nine weeks, Levzow, along with a team of family, friends and colleagues, competed for the title of Woman of Impact by participating in various community awareness and fundraising activities.

The Woman of Impact campaign is part of the American Heart Association’s signature Go Red for Women’s movement, a comprehensive platform designed more than two decades ago to raise awareness and serve as a catalyst for women’s heart health for change to improve the lives of women worldwide.

American Heart Association Woman of Impact Award Nominee

“I am honored to have received this recognition, but most importantly, I am so proud of what we as women in Milwaukee have accomplished together over the past nine weeks to advance the Go Red for Women movement and the future of women’s heart health. support,” Levzow said.

The Go Red movement is especially personal for Levzow.

“I have been president of Wisconsin for many years and my husband and three children all suffer from genetic heart problems, with two of the three children being our daughters. The cause and the mission are close to my heart,” she says. said. “Heart disease is still the number one killer of women, and we can absolutely do something about it. Now is the time.”

The Woman of Impact campaign launched in more than 100 cities on National Wear Red Day, February 2. In Milwaukee, four community leaders were nominated to participate. Joining Levzow were Carolyn Culea, Kennedy Dance Center; Laura Freedy, HTC Global, Inc.; and Lindsey West, U.S. Bank.

American Heart Association Woman of Impact Award Nominee
Carolyn Culea
American Heart Association Woman of Impact Award Nominee
Laura Freedy
American Heart Association Woman of Impact Award Nominee
Lindsey West

Women naturally experience unique life stages that increase their risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the course of their lives. Although the vast majority of cardiac events are preventable, cardiovascular disease remains the greatest threat to women’s health, as nearly 45% of women over the age of 20 have some form of cardiovascular disease. Women involved in Woman of Impact are paving the way for the future of women’s heart health and enabling more women to live longer, healthier lives

“We are so grateful to Erin and all of our nominees for their work to take the Go Red for Women message to the next level and raise critical funds to support our local mission,” said Milwaukee American Heart Association Vice President, Development Bethany Small. “Our work is far from over, but we have made significant progress. Our city is stronger and our future looks brighter.”

For more information about the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement in Milwaukee, visit www.heart.org/milwaukeegored.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are committed to ensuring health equity in all communities. Working with countless organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for public health, and share lifesaving resources.

The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. In 2024 – our centenary – we will celebrate our rich 100-year history and achievements. As we enter our second century of bold discovery and impact, our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Contact us at heart.org, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Go Red for Women®

The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s awareness of heart health and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women worldwide . Although the majority of cardiac events are preventable, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women and claims the lives of 1 in 3 women.

Go Red for Women has been raising awareness for more than twenty years. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to work together to collectively eradicate heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to live a healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is sponsored nationally by CVS Health, with additional support from supporters of national causes. For more information, visit GoRedforWomen.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721).


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