Notre Dame hosted Go Red for Women Symposium and Luncheon

A sea of red flooded Notre Dame's campus Thursday, as community members came together to take a stand against the nation's number one killer of women.

Dozens of people attended the Go Red for Women Symposium and Luncheon at Purcell Pavilion, to raise awareness about heart disease.

43 million American women are currently suffering from it, and one in three women will be affected by it in their lifetime.

Experts held educational sessions focused on prevention, informing women about the risk factors to watch out for, no matter how young or old you are.

“Heart disease can hit you at any age,” says Deborah Goffeney the chairperson for Michiana go Red for Women Luncheon. “We have volunteers on our leadership group who are as young as 18, and we have some who are as old as 60. It really is all ages, and the sooner you make some of the lifestyle changes, the better off you are.”

Both Memorial and Elkhart General Hospitals were also on hand at Thursday's event, providing women with free health screenings.

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