Red Cap breakfast is Saturday

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Pike County Heart Association’s annual Red Cap Survivors Breakfast is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center at Park Memorial United Methodist Church in Troy. All survivors of heart disease and stroke are invited to attend.

Jim O’Neal, event chair, said invitations have been sent to all heart and stroke survivors on the Pike County Heart Association’s list.

“However, it’s almost impossible for us to keep the list current,” O’Neal said. “But we do want all survivors of heart disease and stroke to attend this special celebration breakfast with us. You don’t have to have reservations or call. Just come and bring your spouse or your caregiver to share this time of recognition with you.”

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Those who have Red Caps are encouraged to wear them.

“We’ll have Red Caps for survivors who don’t already have them.” O’Neal said.

A heart-healthy breakfast will be served and Leigh Ann Windham, whose twin daughters were diagnosed with heart conditions, will be the featured speaker.

The Red Cap Survivors Breakfast will be the kickoff event for the Pike County Heart Walk at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Troy Sportsplex.

The Heart Walk will feature the “walk” around the indoor track. Prizes will be awarded in different categories. There also will be games for the kids, entertainment, refreshments and informational booths. There is no admission charge but all donations to the Pike County Heart Walk are greatly needed and much appreciated.

Judy Baxter, Heart Walk chair, said about 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease every year – that’s one in every four deaths.

“That’s why it’s so important for us to support the American Heart Association,” she said. “Through research, lives are saved,” she said. “The Red Cap Breakfast is living proof.”

Baxter said all survivors of heart disease and stroke are encouraged to attend the breakfast on Saturday and “celebrate life together.”