Sisters with heart

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February is American Heart Month. This year, Alpha Phi at CNU has dedicated an entire month to raising awareness of women’s heart disease and educating women about the value of heart health. Through their philanthropy, the Alpha Phi Foundation, the sisters of Alpha Phi will work to raise funds in support of programs and research that study heart disease in women. One of the areas that the Alpha Phi Foundation works with is Women’s Cardiac Care. With Women’s Cardiac Care, Alpha Phi raises over $50,000 every year to an institution leading the way in women’s heart health research. “We aim to spread awareness and help women lead healthier, longer lives. Not only are we working with our own foundation, but we partnered up with the American Heart association and will be raising money to help them find a cure for heart disease,” says Heather Borden, philanthropic chair.

Alpha Phi will kick off American Heart Month at CNU on Feb. 1 by encouraging students to wear red in honor of the beginning of National Heart Month.

Keep an eye for heart facts on your treadmills as you hit the gym this week, on Facebook and in the DSU. Alpha Phi will be selling “Go Red for Women” red dress pins for $2 and Candy Grams and Valentine Cards for $1. They will also be selling “Heart to Heart” papers from the American Heart Association, with personalized names of women fighting heart disease. With any donation, you will receive a bag of candy with heart facts.

On Feb. 14, Alpha Phi will be selling red, pink and white carnations in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The big event of the month will take place on Feb. 19 at the annual King of Hearts Pageant. Ten candidates from Greek organizations will be selected to participate in a pageant where they will introduce themselves, display their talents and answer questions about cardiac health. The winner will be crowned the King of Hearts.  “We get a lot of support from the Greek organizations,” says junior Ashley Lomicka, a sister of Alpha Phi. Last year, the sorority raised over $1000 solely from this event. This year, attendants can participate in a raffle drawing. Prizes are given by local Newport News businesses.

On Jan. 20, Alpha Phi will be teaming up with the American Red Cross club to co-sponsor a blood drive, which will be held in the Ferguson Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We are so excited to be working with the American Red Cross again,” says Borden.

The sisters will finish the month with a heart-filled fitness class hosted by an Alpha Phi in the Freeman Center.

All the proceeds raised this month will be going to the Alpha Phi Foundation and the American Heart Association.