Each year, the Wenger Awards honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing women’s cardiovascular health, and this year’s theme is “Fighting for Every Heart.” Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, though only 45 percent of women are aware of this fact. With 1 in 4 women dying every year from heart disease and nearly 48 million women living with or at risk of heart disease, it is crucial to raise awareness and understand the differences between men and women when it comes to heart disease.
The honorees for this year’s Wenger Awards have worked to highlight the need for more research, advocacy, and education for heart disease in women. Lamman Rucker will emcee the event. Chandra Wilson of Grey’s Anatomy will receive the Excellence in Media Award for her commitment to improving the lives of women with heart disease through her work in television. With millions of viewers watching, Wilson served as an empowering female figure advocating persistently for her own heart health.
The Honorable Debbie Dingell, Dr. Roxana Mehran, and Dr. Clyde Yancy will also be honored.
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease to honor actress Chandra Wilson of “Grey’s Anatomy” at annual awards dinner. Andrew Mellon Auditorium. 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Monday May 7, 2018. 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Tickets and more information available at: http://bit.ly/Wenger2018.