Leading Ladies

Six volunteer chairs have passion for the cause. Learn their stories, plus read about how Go Red has enhanced the lives of three local women.
Patricia Ruflin, President and CEO, Parma Community General Hospital
“I was born with a heart anomaly and have been treated for it my whole life,” says Ruflin. “Certainly as nurses and health care professionals the importance of heart health has become obvious to us all. We’ve learned a lot about women and heart disease we didn’t know several years ago and we’re observing and treating and, more importantly, preventing it now.”

Barbara Reynolds, President, Real Living realty one
“I became involved with Go Red because I am concerned about the group of women I work with in the real estate industry,” Reynolds says. “Women tend to be the caregivers and don’t necessarily take care of themselves. Also, I have a grandson who has congenital heart disease, so it’s a very personal issue.”

Lisa Oliver, President, KeyBank, Greater Cleveland District
“I’ve been involved with Go Red since 2003,” says Oliver. “The passion for me is the staggering statistics of how many women die from heart disease and stroke. Many of the risk factors mirror those associated with other female diseases, but end up being heart disease — responsible for more deaths than all cancers put together.”

Barbara Marlowe, Event planner; Business development for Panzica Construction
“My mom passed away from a heart attack, and we have heart issues in our family,” says Marlowe. “Women need to be aware of the symptoms of heart disease, which are very different for men. Take charge of your personal health and take time for regular checkups. Errands will get done with or without you, but your family will always need you around.”

Maria Dietz, Event coordinator, Raun Hairdressers and Day Spa
“My father had a very severe heart attack 15 years ago,” Dietz says. “I think about what we know today compared to then. ... No one took heart disease seriously, especially not women. We all have mothers and sisters and friends who need to know it’s the No. 1 killer.”
Shirley Stineman, Director of community affairs, The Plain Dealer
“My son was born with a heart abnormality so I know first hand the importance of the Heart Association,” Stineman says. “I also think heart disease is an important issue for our community, especially for women, and we need to raise awareness."
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