GRMC to host annual Go Red event

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By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

For the 11th year, Gadsden Regional Medical Center will host its annual Go Red event. It will take place at Gadsden Convention Hall on February 10 at 6 p.m. The event raises awareness about heart health, as well as money for the American Heart Association.

Fox 6 news anchor, Janice Rogers will be hosting the event. She has hosted the event before, but was unable to last year. 

“People are excited to have Janice Rogers back,” said GRMC Director of Marketing Natalie Fleming.

The event will feature two speakers. The first speaker, Dr. Daniel McCoy, is a cardiothoracic surgeon. He will speak about the techinal aspects of heart surgery.

The second speaker is Dr. Akil Taher. Taher had triple bypass surgery in 2009. He will speak about the personal impact that the surgery had on his life. The surgery inspired Taher to become more active. He is now an avid runner, and even completed the 2013 Boston Marathon, despite tearing his soleus muscle only two weeks before the race. He has also become an accomplished climber. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, which, at 19,333 feet, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Other new activities Taher has tried include zip lining and sky diving. 

“He became a friend and an inspiration to me,” said Fleming. 

The event will be catered by The Bridal Garden. The waiters at Go Red will be the GRMC Heartthrobs, men who work at the hospital. Tip jars on every table will be counted to determine the King of Hearts and his two runners up. 

All attendees will recieve a smaller gift for attending, but larger door prizes will be given out. 

Five hundred people are expected to attend.

Tickets for the event are $25 each, and $200 for a table of eight. They are sold Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the 1st floor information desk in GRMC. 

For more information, call 256-494-4300.

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