Heart Transplant Survivor, Aged 28, To Inspire At Go Red Charity Event.

Bridget Feeney, a resident of Lackawanna County, was born with congenital heart defects and has undergone multiple surgeries throughout her life. Despite these challenges, Feeney has lived an active and fairly normal life, even becoming a 4th grade teacher. This week, Feeney will share her medical journey at The American Heart Association’s 2024 Northeast Pennsylvania Go Red for Women luncheon. The event aims to celebrate women who have overcome heart health issues and highlight advancements in care for cardiovascular disease, which affects nearly 45% of women over 20 in the United States.

The luncheon also seeks to raise awareness of the lack of knowledge among younger generations of women regarding heart health issues. Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of new mothers in the US and takes the lives of one in three women overall. The organizers hope to inspire attendees to support equitable research and care, advocate for inclusive health policies, and increase awareness of the cardiovascular disease threat to women. The event will also focus on supporting pending state and federal legislation related to Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR training for student athletes.

Feeney is grateful for the medical care she has received throughout her life and will mark seven years post-transplant on May 25. She expressed her appreciation for her heart donor and their family, acknowledging that organ donation gave her a second chance at life. The luncheon will provide a platform for Feeney to share her story and inspire others in the community.

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