"Not all scars need to be concealed;
some need to be displayed to remind everyone of the battles you have survived -
that you're at heart still a warrior, who never gives up no matter what."
- Kiran Acharya
My name is Tess Kossow, and as of October 2020, I am a sudden cardiac arrest and cardiomyopathy survivor. I have an internal defibrillator and am considered a medical mystery.
But heart disease should never be a mystery.
This year, I am honored to be a part of a team of changemakers who are excited to engage our networks to make the biggest impact possible on women’s health! We’re raising much-needed funds for the American Heart Association and working to improve the health of our communities.
I am asking today if I can count on your support.
This challenge is personally important to me, because I am living proof of the unexpected effects of heart disease on healthy women. Throughout history, women have stepped up. Stepped out. Overcome opposition. Led the workforce. Joined forces. Blasted into space.
Women’s passion has made history … but their actual hearts haven’t. Heart disease and stroke have never been only men’s diseases, but through the years women have been left out of scientific studies.
Underrepresented. Uncounted. UNTREATED.
Now we are fighting for better representation in medical research. Fighting for equitable access to care and treatments. Fighting to spread lifesaving information to our sisters. Fighting to overcome the No. 1 killer of women.
Watch me change history.
Watch me be counted.
Watch me Go Red.
It’s not only about wearing red. It’s not only about sharing heart health facts. It’s about all of us making a commitment to stand together with Go Red for Women in the fight for heart-health equality.
The time is now.
When we take a stand and work together, real change is possible.