Updated: September 17, 2020 11:07 PM
Created: September 17, 2020 11:04 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- About one hundred women gathered Thursday night raising awareness and money for the American Heart Association at the annual Rochester Go Red for Women gala.
But this year, there was a twist.
For the first time, the event was held virtually. Heart disease remains the number one killer of women according to the American Heart Association, with one in three women in Rochester living with some form of heart disease.
Statistics show it's on the rise in younger women. The event featured Myranda Chicos, a young woman who has been battling heart disease her entire life.
"When I was 6-weeks-old, I had my first heart transplant, then when I was 10 I needed a kidney transplant, so I had kidney transplant," said Chicos.
Myranda is now in need of a new heart and has been on the heart transplant list for five years. The event also included a panel of women health experts who shared tips for heart disease prevention moderated by ABC 6 News Anchor Laura Lee.
The event raised nearly $40,000.
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