by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego resident Victoria Trabosh will be the guest speaker at the Go Red For Women luncheon Oct. 10 in Portland.

The American Heart Association’s ninth annual Greater Portland Go Red For Women Luncheon will be held Oct. 10 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway in Portland.

The goal of the Go Red For Women event is to educate women of all ages about the warning signs of a heart attack, what they can do to prevent one from happening and how to care for women in their lives by spreading the message of Go Red.

Guest speaker at the luncheon will be Lake Oswego resident Victoria Trabosh, author, speaker, executive coach and founder of Itafari Foundation, which works to better life for Rwandans. She adds to her list of accomplishments heart disease survivor, following a heart attack in May 2013.

“Like so many busy working women with families, Victoria didn’t think she was someone who would have a heart attack,” said Rebecca Fancher, director of communications for the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “This past spring she dismissed several seemingly minor warning signs of heart disease as being caused by stress or aches from working out at the gym. In the back of her mind, she did ask herself, ‘Am I having a heart attack?’ but again didn’t think that was truly the case. It wasn’t until she recollected a Go Red For Women PSA that she had seen did she decide that something serious was indeed happening and she and her husband went to the hospital.”

The public service announcement Trabosh recalled was “Just a Little Heart Attack,” and it likely saved her life.

“I’m willing to ‘out’ myself about my heart attack because I am the woman in the “Just a Little Heart Attack” film Go Red produced,” said Trabosh. “There are other women just like me that need to hear again and again that we must honor our instincts and care for ourselves as we care for others. What will it take? The continued tireless efforts of Go Red and everyone who believes that a life worth living is a life worth living well.”

The Go Red For Women luncheon event begins at 10:30 a.m. with registration, followed by a health exposition, and presentations by Lake Oswego physician Dr. Elizabeth VanderVeer and Chief Medical Officer Imelda Dacomes of Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center.

Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, kill nearly half a million women each year — more lives than are claimed by the next five causes of death combined. This event aims to make a difference in women’s lives by raising awareness and funds for lifesaving research.

Tickets to the luncheon are $125 each or $2,500 for a table. To purchase tickets, contact Janelle Wellman at 503-820-5302 or visit

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