Olympic Medical Center Foundation's third annual Red, Set, Go!
heart luncheon, which was sold out two weeks in advance, was Friday,
Feb. 26, at SunLand.
In 2009, the event raised $25,000. In 2010,
$38,500 was raised to benefit patients being treated in the cardiac
services department at Olympic Medical Center.
event also educated and motivated the 200 attendees - nearly all
dressed in red - to raise awareness of heart disease.
Sara Maloney said, "Surprisingly, many people are still unaware that
heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women in this country.
"There are many steps each of us can take to reduce our risk of getting this
disease. I believe education is the key to eradicating this disease."
speaker Dr. Larri Ann Mishko, from the Jamestown Family Health Clinic,
shared her personal experiences. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Crim
motivated participants to improve their heart health.
cardiologist Dr. Kara Kurtz Urnes encouraged attendees to "go" and live
an active, heart-healthy lifestyle with the tools and information
shared at the event.
Heart attack survivor Steve Mishko shared
his personal story to help raise funds to support the recently launched
communitywide automated external defibrillator program. After he spoke,
$9,650 was raised in a few minutes to buy six AEDs that will be placed
in Sequim and Port Angeles police patrol cars.
"There is no
doubt that these important devices save lives, and our goal is to reach
the maximum number of people in the minimum amount of time," Maloney
"Since police officers are often the first responders in
an emergency, this is an excellent and essential partnership that we
have created to save lives in our community."
presenting sponsor was the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, and the silver
sponsor was the Sequim Gazette. Airlift Northwest, Astellas,
Astrazeneca, Cardionet, Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation, First Federal,
John L. Scott, Dr. Kara Kurtz Urnes, Philips, Sequim Health &
Rehabilitation and Soroptimist International Port Angeles Jet Set were
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