American Heart Association’s Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Honorary Committee to Donate $25,000 in Honor of 16-Year Volunteer

Cypress, TX (March 14, 2016) The American Heart Association (AHA) and Go Red for Women ® Luncheon Chair, Darcy Mingoia, Board of Trustees Member for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, are proud to announce Beth Eaton, a long-time AHA volunteer and supporter, will be honored at the 2016 Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women ® Luncheon to be held on Friday, April 1 at the Red Oak Ballroom in CityCentre.

Beth Eaton Headshot

Eaton’s commitment to the AHA began more than 16 years ago and includes a wide variety of diverse roles. Her passion for the AHA’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke grew after her mother suffered two strokes – one in 2006 and another in 2015.

“My mother and many younger, healthy women in our area have survived and recovered from heart attacks and strokes due to the research funded by the money raised at events like Go Red for Women,” said Eaton. “I’m grateful and flattered to be the honoree. I have worked alongside so many dedicated, wonderful people who are equally deserving of this honor. Most are my dearest friends that I have made through my work with AHA. I hope to inspire more women to join the cause and the AHA’s mission to fight the leading killer of all women.”

For the past 16 years, Eaton has been a key volunteer and has held several leadership roles, including Heart Ball auction chair and committee member, AHA board member, Circle of Red member, which is a group of passionate individuals devoted to raising the lifesaving funds necessary to fight heart disease and stroke, a four-time co-chair for the Heart Ball, and a co-chair for the Go Red for Women Luncheon in the Northwest Harris County division.

Due to her passion for the AHA’s mission, the Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women ® Luncheon Honorary Committee is dedicated to raising $25,000 in Eaton’s name that will help the AHA provide the research necessary for stroke education, and the funds needed to implement Check.Change.Control, a four-month proactive health monitoring program that focuses on high blood pressure and hypertension, in an organization or institution of Eaton’s choice.

“Check.Change.Control. is the perfect program to fund in Beth’s honor as her commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association has become so personal as the result of her mother’s strokes,” said Mingoia. “The program will help others take the steps necessary to improve their health and fight cardiovascular disease and stroke.”

More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, heart disease is often hidden and misunderstood. Go Red for Women ® brings attention to the effects of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is not just a man’s disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. Funds raised at the Go Red for Women ® luncheons fund research specifically geared towards women, education and legislative advocacy programs.

More than 275 women’s lives have been saved each day since Go Red for Women’s inception in 2004. Currently, some eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believes that heart disease is a serious health threat. Sadly, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

To make a donation in honor of Eaton, visit www.nwharriscountygored.heart.org, or contact Lauren Taylor at 704-618-4566 or lauren.taylor@heart.org.

Courtesy of American Heart Association, SouthWest Affiliate