Boston, MA - On Tuesday, January 27, 2009, the Boston Bruins are teaming up with the American Heart Association (AHA) to support the Go Red for Women movement during their game against the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m. The Go Red movement is meant to engage women, and the men who love them to make personal choices that may be potentially life saving. Through partnering with Go Red the Boston Bruins hope to elevate the cause and spread the word about women and heart disease.
Cardiac patients and survivors being treated at hospitals throughout the Greater Boston area will be in attendance and will participate in a variety of activities throughout the evening. The activities will include Zamboni rides, a chance to watch warm-ups from the Boston Bruins bench and an opportunity to greet the team as they head out of the locker room to take the ice for the game.
The second intermission’s on-ice shoot out competition will highlight two very special cardiac survivors: 25-year-old Michaela Gagne from Fall River, MA and mother-of-5 Shannon Lawn from Watertown MA. Michaela was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome as an athlete in high school and has gone on to become Miss Massachusetts 2006 and a national spokesperson for the AHA. Shannon was diagnosed with a Heart Arrhythmia in 2004 while she was pregnant and went on to give birth to triplets. They will be joined on-ice by local media personalities including WBZ’s Mish Michaels, WAAF’s Lyndon Byers, MIX 98.5’s Greg Daniels and Hank Morse from WROR.
Also, at each of the entrance turnstiles fans will be given a Go Red for Women pin and card. The card offers everyone in attendance the opportunity to win a Bruins VIP package. The pack includes tickets to the Bruins/Coyotes game on March 5, a Zamboni ride and free parking at the TD Banknorth Garden.
All in-game fundraising activities as well as proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit the American Heart Association. The AHA will use a portion of the funds raised at the game to support the Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness event held each summer. The event brings together families affected by CHD to lend support for them, provide educational resources and increase awareness in the community about congenital heart defects.
In addition, for the duration of the game members of the Bruins organization will be showing their support by wearing red, which represents awareness for all cardiac related diseases. Boston Bruins coaches, broadcasters and team personnel will wear a commemorative Go Red tie. The red tie features an embroidered Go Red logo.
February is American Heart Month and the Boston Bruins are proud to be a supporter of the American Heart Association to help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.
About the American Heart Association Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2006-07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.