Make it Your Mission

Why I Give Back

Maria LegattMaria Legatt

2011 Go Red For Women Twin Cities
Casting Call Finalist
Volunteer and Survivor
Diagnosed with asymmetric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as a child

Why I volunteer:

“I knew what it was like finding out that I had heart disease. I felt alone. So I want to be there for other women. I think Go Red For Women is fabulous. Volunteering and meeting other women and other survivors is empowering.”

Read Maria’s full story.

Susan NestegardSusan Nestegard

2011-12 Go Red For Women Twin Cities Chair
President of Global Healthcare, Ecolab

Why I’m chairing this year’s campaign:

“I am passionate about helping women achieve their potential.  Women need to put their health first – and Go Red for Women reinforces this critical need by empowering women to make lifestyle choices that become life-saving actions. Unfortunately, I believe the awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women is dangerously low. Go Red for Women plays a critical role in increasing awareness and education. Approximately 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. We need Go Red and the money it raises to accelerate and expand gender-specific research and education, support early detection, and to save lives and improve the quality of life for women.”


Kimberly BrownKimberly Brown

2011 Go Red For Women Twin Cities Casting Call Finalist
2010-11 Power To End Stroke Gospel Tour Twin Cities Chair
Singer, Speaker, Volunteer

Why I sing for both stroke awareness and women’s heart health:

“My father-in-law and paternal grandmother both died from a stroke. When I heard African Americans have twice the risk of stroke, I knew I had to do something to promote awareness in my own community. Power to End Stroke means that we all have the power to change our lives for the better. It is never too late to start. The same is true with women and heart disease; it is the number one killer of women, but most women don’t know that. So many times, we—as women—put ourselves last on the list of priorities. It is important to me as a woman to share information so that we can live longer, fuller and healthier lives.

I decided that we needed a theme song.  Music has inspired me to get active (and lose 25 pounds so far) so I wanted to inspire others. I wrote ‘It’s time to make a change, gonna make a new start…’ That’s how my theme song for the American Heart Association ‘Get Up, Get Moving’ came about. Alex Bodnarchek of Glue Factory Films donated the video shoot, Jim Ryberg of Tritone Productions produced it and numerous local musicians also donated their talents.”

Hear Kim sing her theme song live at the third annual Power To End Stroke Gospel Concert, October 13, at Shiloh Baptist Church in St. Paul.

Purchase “Get Up, Get Moving” on iTunes or CD Baby and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association.