Front row L-R: Paula Hanson (2015), Sherri Keller (2016), Cindy Whitehouse (2017)
Back row L-R: Jane Chiles (2008), Laura Babbage (2009 & 2010), Lindy Karns (2012), Nancy Atkins (2013), Michelle Landers (2014)
Not pictured: Sarah Haynes and Dr. Michelle Morton (2011)
photo by: Ron Morrow
Longtime volunteer and National Go Red for Women spokesperson, Regan Judd, often felt her normal day job got in the way of what she was truly passionate about. That is when she decided to take her career to heart and joined the AHA staff in 2014 as a Heart Walk Director in Louisville. From there she was promoted to the Senior Director position and led the 2017 Heart Walk to their best year ever raising over $1,100,000. As a survivor, she feels she has a big job to spread the word that heart disease does not discriminate.
Lori Swift Price
Lori Swift Price’s life changed forever on February 8, 2009. Her sister, Jolana Swift, had open heart surgery in 1973 at the age of 21 years old, due to a hole in her heart. Shortly after the surgery, she had her heart checked and no problems seemed to be found.
On February 8, 2009 she collapsed during a tennis match. Fortunately for her, she had an ER nurse, and doctor on my team. Her diagnosis was later listed as Sudden Cardiac Death. Except for some short term memory issues, she doing well now.
Pat Host is a well known Lexington Go Red For Women advocate. As an honoree at the 2013 American Heart Association’s Heart Ball, Pat shared her story of survival & advocacy and spoke about the importance of research and development. Being Pacemaker dependent since 1995, she had an Emergency Replacement in 2005 and has just had a third pacemaker implanted.
Survival as a result of technology stretches further into her lifeline. Diagnosis & symptom awareness is key. “Be aware of how your heart works. Understand symptoms. Take heart health seriously before you need to!”
Carol Coleman was featured in TOPS back in 2011 and since then, she has made a career change and is working for Fayette County Public Schools and could not be happier. She walks every day and strives to maintain a healthy diet to keep her heart happy. Seventeen years ago she was told that she would forever struggle physically, mentally and emotionally due to a stroke but she has defied all odds with the help of her family and friends. Carol considers herself so BLESSED!
Maggie Wingo, age 17, who was born with tricuspid atresia and has had two open heart surgeries, is thriving as a junior at Woodford County High School. She is driving and living the life of a normal teenage girl. She underwent her latest procedure, a heart cath in April 2017, to close a hole in her heart and has been doing well ever since. She is now exploring colleges and deciding on a career path. Her future looks bright – like her hair – and she is happy to be feeling good and looking forward to her future.
Past Charis of Lexington's Go Red For Women Event and updates from past featured TOPS heart and stroke survivors.