FAIRBANKS — A sea of red-clad supporters filled the Carlson Center this week at the Go Red For Women conference and luncheon, an annual event dedicated to educating everyone about heart disease, the number one killer of women.

Heart disease claims more lives than all forms for cancer. According to the American Heart Association, it claims the lives of one in every three women.

About 600 people attended the conference, which included an exhibit hall filled with information about healthy living and a silent auction to raise money for the American Heart Association. Experts presented seminars on how to eat a heart-healthy diet, how to protect yourself against strokes and why stress can be a risk factor for heart disease. Another workshop provided information on how to prevent or reverse cardiovascular disease simply by modifying your lifestyle.

The special luncheon was filled with both tears and laughter. Heart disease survivor Taryn Hughes of Fairbanks shared her personal heart-rending story of survival. Keynote speaker Kim Coles had everyone laughing as she shared her secrets to a happy life. Here’s a hint: The title of her talk was “Live, Love, Laugh.”

And of course, lots of laughter accompanied the viewing of “Carpool Karaoke,” featuring Go Red event co-chairs Lisa Herbert and Marilyn Romano, and their special riders Jim Lynch, CEO of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and The Sadler Lady.

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