National Spokeswoman for American Heart Association to Share Story at WWU

Christie-ThompsonChristie Thompson, a national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” campaign, will be the featured speaker at the Fourth Annual Red Dress Gala at William Woods University.

Thompson, a teacher from Jefferson City, was selected to be one of 10 women to advocate for the cause after suffering a heart attack in November 2011 when she was 50.

The gala, sponsored by Alpha Phi sorority, will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at in Tucker Dining Hall. The event is open to public. Cost of admission is $15 for students and $25 for non-students. All proceeds will be donated to the Alpha Phi Foundation in support of women’s heart health.

Included will be a meal catered by Fresh Ideas, a silent auction and Thompson’s speech.

Thompson is living proof that knowing the symptoms of a heart attack can literally mean the difference between life and death. Just one month before suffering a heart attack, she had laughed at a video her sister-in-law emailed her.

Produced by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement and starring and directed by actress Elizabeth Banks, the entertaining short film, “Just a Little Heart Attack,” was meant to be a wake-up call for busy women who tend to ignore common symptoms.

RSVP to by Oct. 9.