AHA, MUSC look for female heart survivors to share their story

      File: Keisha Hawes and her family (WCIV)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Has your life been touched by heart disease or stroke? The American Heart Association wants to share your story!

      The American Heart Association and MUSC Health are holding a casting call for spokespeople who, by sharing their experiences, could help save lives.

      "We'll take these stories and use them locally," said AHA Marketing and Communications Director Robyn Morrissey. "Then we'll send them on to the national level and women will be chosen as local and national spokespeople."

      Go Red For Women is calling on Lowcountry women to share their personal story and participate in the 2014 Go Red For Women Casting Call on Thursday, January 9 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Francis Marion Hotel.

      They're looking for compelling stories and women who can help ignite action and inspire others. The stories will be used locally and nationally for the Go Red for Women initiative.

      "We want to spread awareness and inspire others in the community," said Reese. "People don't realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women so if we can find women locally who have been affected by it and share their story, what an impact would that make in the community."{}

      One of the ladies who came to last year's Go Red For Women Casting Call was selected as a national spokeswoman for 2014. Keisha Hawes is the first South Carolina Go Red For Women national spokeswoman.

      For more information about the Go Red For Women Casting Call please contact the American Heart Association office at 843.853.1597.