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Heart Ball

The American Heart Association’s Second Annual Heart Ball happened last night at Mohegan Sun.  The focus this year was “little hearts”, and Lily was recognized during the program a couple of times.  One woman even mentioned Emmy, her American Girl Doll.  Melissa Zobel, a tribal historian, gave a blessing to the heart families, and presented a braid of sweetgrass to Lily.  She got a ton of attention at this black tie affair and handled it well.  And we met another heart family from our town!  Both kids looked adorable:

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Are you wearing red today?

I’ve been wearing red for a few days.  Here’s a photo of me with Toni Braxton and Dr. Tracy Stevens.  We did a segment on the Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (Fox) about women and heart disease.  It will likely air next week:

Later that day at the Red Dress Awards, I was hanging out with Denise Austin.  And she is every bit as energetic as you’d think she’d be.  This is her sparkly award:

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Woman’s Day Debut

The magazine is almost on newsstands.  If you subscribe to Woman’s Day, you probably already have it.  If not, you can pick it up on January 22.  It has a red cover with heart-shaped cookies.  It’s dated February 12.  The magazine is a great supporter of the Red Dress movement, raising awareness about women and heart disease.
There’s a big photo of me, Dawit, and Lily in the Red Dress section.  And if you’re wondering why Dawit has that ridiculously gigantic grin on his face, I’ll share the secret with you:  he has his hand creeping up under the back of my dress, threatening to “hit my butt”.   He had the entire crew from photographer to stylists cracking up.

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The photo shoot

Lily and I do some advocacy work for women and children with heart disease. Yes, we both have heart disease. We were featured in a public awareness campaign through Womenheart a couple of years ago, and most recently Women’s Day magazine is bringing attention to the issue in an article that shares my journey with heart disease, and a photo of me with the kids that will be in the February issue.

This is photographer Adam Olszewski preparing for a “behind the scenes” shot. Both stuffed animals made it into the final shot. Thankfully I didn’t browse his site before our session, I didn’t have any idea that he had photographed half the famous people in NYC. He was great with the kids, and put me at ease even though I was way out of my comfort zone with a short little dress and striking runway poses.

Lily and Dawit posed with me for the Red Dress shot. Lily wore a red dress, too…and Dawit wore a red tie and black/white jacket. He wanted make-up so badly that the wardrobe stylist finally faked putting some on him. The makeup stylist said his skin was “flawless”. He loved the whole process–from choosing the clothes to posing. He tried on every pair of sparkly women’s shoes he could find.

The concept was that we were the real women behind the Red Dress Project. Each year many designers create new dresses in red to promote awareness of the dangers of women and heart disease. Famous women model them during Fashion Week in February. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to the show for the past couple of years.

*Edited to add:  Forgot to mention that we were in the Peter White studio in NYC, with an amazing view of lower Manhattan.  Not a bad way to spend the day.

Womenheart

Print PSA featuring me and Lily

Red Dress Collection 2007

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