Downtown dash raises awareness for heart disease

Men and women dressed in red for Fort Wayne's first Red Dress Dash.
The event is a local kick-off to American Heart Month.
The event is a local kick-off to American Heart Month.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) For the first time in Fort Wayne, women and men are putting on red dresses for the American Heart Association’s (AMA) Red Dress Dash. The event is a local kick-off to American Heart Month.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, according to the AHA. About one in three women die of heart disease, adding up to about one death every minute.

Starting at 1 p.m., people decked out in red ran through downtown starting at Headwaters Park West. The half-mile dash ended at the Wells Street Bridge. The free event included a hot chocolate festival and music at Fort Wayne Outfitters.

“Our hope is to create a public display intended to drive home an important point that heart disease is major health concern. Having everyone dressed in red we’ll be able to do just that and have a little fun,” Tiffany France, Go Red for Women Director said in a statement.

NewsChannel 15 is a proud sponsor of Go Red events and Alyssa Ivanson served as the emcee for the dash.

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