April 23 ‘Go Red for Women’ Luncheon pays tribute to Carol Barr

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The 2021 Central Kentucky Go Red for Women Experience to support the fight to end heart disease and stroke will take place on Friday, April 23 and will pay tribute to Carol Barr, who passed away at 39 last June due to complications of a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse.

Barr’s husband, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, will speak at the event, the American Heart Association said in announcing the annual event.

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Go Red for Women encourages women to make their health and wellbeing a priority – which is why the Central Kentucky Go Red for Women Luncheon will be a digital experience this year.

To honor Carol’s legacy as a volunteer with Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association worked with Carol’s husband, Rep. Barr, as well as Carol’s friends and family to create the Carol Barr Fund. The fund will support research as well as STEM programming for young women in Eastern Kentucky.

“Carol was the best wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend anyone could ever have. I am grateful for the American Heart Association’s commitment to raising funds in her honor to invest in collaborative research grants to study mitral valve prolapse, and create a STEM scholarship program in her name so high school-aged women can pursue a career in a STEM field,” said Andy Barr, a Republican who represents Kentucky’s 6th congressional district.

“In Congress, I introduced the Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy (CAROL) Act, which will provide critical resources and generate awareness needed about valvular heart disease. Turning this tragedy into something positive is exactly what Carol would have wanted us to do, and I will champion this cause for the rest of my life.”

CHI Saint Joseph Health is the local cause sponsor for the 2021 Central Kentucky Go Red for Women Experience alongside local Together to End Stroke sponsor, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and national Go Red for Women sponsor, CVS Health.

Along with their support of Go Red for Women, CHI Saint Joseph Health also supports STEM Goes Red in Central and Eastern Kentucky, a heart health initiative aimed at empowering middle school girls to improve the health of Americans through careers in science, technology, engineering and math. STEM Goes Red programming teaches participants how the heart works, how nutrition impacts the heart and the importance of creating healthy heart habits early in life.

The program focuses on helping young women become more involved in STEM fields, as currently only 20% of cardiologists in the country are female. By empowering young women to explore careers in STEM, the American Heart Association seeks to address the region’s STEM workforce inequities and impact innovation and economic development.

“I’m so honored to be the chair of the Central Kentucky Go Red for Women movement because it’s all about empowering and motivating women – and the entire community – to take charge of their health and their futures,” said Kathy Love, vice president and chief strategy officer at CHI Saint Joseph Health. “As the longest standing cause-level partner of Go Red for Women in the nation, CHI Saint Joseph Health has proudly supported the American Heart Association on programs throughout central and eastern Kentucky  to prevent heart disease and stroke, promote healthy lifestyles, and raise critically needed funds for over 13 years.”

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women. It claims more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s signature initiative to end heart disease and stroke in women.

Go Red for Women works in communities around the world to help women understand that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat and that they should take action to lower their risk. Go Red for Women funds life-saving women’s research, advances public health policy, champions closing gender gaps in research and STEM, and creates a platform for women to address their greatest health risk – cardiovascular disease.

To reserve a spot for the Central Kentucky Go Red for Women Experience, visit LexingtonGoRed.heart.org. To learn more about the Carol Barr Fund, contact Mike Turner at mike.turner@heart.org.