The American Heart Association is proud to have Gabriella Lisboa of Williston Park serving as the 2015 Long Island Heart Walk “Red Cape” Ambassador. This year’s Long Island Heart Walk will be taking place on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Jones Beach.
Lisboa was just six months old when she was diagnosed with DCRV (Double Chamber of Right Ventricle) and had to have two open-heart surgeries when she was nine months old. Today, she is happy and healthy and has made it her mission to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association so that they can do more research and educate others so that there are more survivors like her.
At the Heart Walk, survivors are celebrated. A “Red Cap” is a red baseball cap featuring the American Heart Association logo. “Red Caps” refer to survivors of heart attack, cardiac arrest or heart surgery who wear the red caps as a symbol of their survival while walking in the Heart Walk. “White Caps” will be distributed to stroke survivors the day of the walk. Pediatric cardiovascular disease survivors will receive red super hero capes to acknowledge their courage.
Hundreds of survivors from across Long Island participate to show that heart disease and stroke can be beaten. The American Heart Association estimates that there are more than 71 million Americans alive with one or more types of cardiovascular disease.
As Red Cape Ambassador for the Long Island Heart Walk, Lisboa will help create awareness about the importance of survivors participating in the event and to create awareness that heart disease and stroke aren’t “just an older man’s diseases.”
On Sunday, Sept. 20, join the American Heart Association’s “Red Cape” Ambassador and thousands of other survivors, families and friends from all over Long Island at the Long Island Heart Walk at Jones Beach, Field 5.
Visit www.longislandheartwalk.org or call the American Heart Association at 516-450-9104 for more information about the walk.
Jessica DiMeo is the senior regional director of communications for the Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association.