A recent article from Time, “Helping Hearts” by Alice Park, describes a program run by the Mayo Clinic. WomenHeart trains women to become heart-disease advocates. Heart disease is the leading cause of death to women in the U.S. The program was founded by Dr. Sharonne Hayes, director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo, and three heart-disease patients. The idea behind WomenHeart is to educate women about heart disease and empower them to spread the knowledge in their communities.
Suzie Arnegger, a heart disease survivor and graduate of the WomenHeart program, helped found a program called Heart Scarves in 2006 along with fellow graduate Marilyn Deak and fellow heart disease survivors Betsy Doherty and Tina Bradford. For Heart Scarves, women knit red scarves for patients undergoing heart procedures or recovering from heart procedures. The program brings comfort to these patients and also helps to spread awareness of heart disease and the WomenHeart organization.
Red Heart yarn supports Heart Scarves with special HeartScarves kit. For every HeartScarves kit ordered, Red Heart yarn will donate $3 to WomenHeart. You can purchase a crochet kit here or a knit kit here. For more information, you can read their press release.