Women of the Upstate Community Nominees Announced

Woman of the Upstate community nominees

Woman of the Upstate community nominees

The American Heart Association is pleased to introduce the inaugural Woman of the Upstate community nominees.


This select group of individuals were nominated for Woman of the Upstate because of their passion and drive to make a difference. The nominees are:

Kristi Antunes, Edwards Lifesciences
Margaret Ann Carter, Fox Carolina
Tish Davis, iRuninc
Leslie Haas, Leslie Haas Social
Yukichi Hagins, Yukichi Hagins Realty
Deborah Hawkins, My PR Lab
Lauren Hilderbran, Michelin
Joy Howard, Shred 415
Christina Hyatt, Glow Mobile Spray Tanning
Cheyenne Miranda, Aline Captial
Lauren Smith, Teacher, Laurens County School District
Tamara Wood, Brown Family Dental

These women are leading an 8-week initiative to help women in the Upstate live a healthier lifestyle. During each week of the initiative, nominees participate in a variety of activities designed to remove barriers and improve health for all. This year, nominees will help raise awareness of the No. 1 killer of women, cardiovascular disease, by engaging women in research, training community members in CPR, volunteering in the community, and more.

The nominees will recruit champions from their networks to form an Impact Team and together have a direct influence on women’s health through the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. The campaign concludes on October 21. The nominee whose team makes the largest impact, based on the level of community engagement as measured by community impact initiatives, spreading awareness and raising funds, will be named the Woman of the Upstate and which will be announced on October 28.

“We are thrilled to have these incredible women as part of our inaugural campaign” said Kelly Wilkins, Executive Director with the American Heart Association. “We know that 1 in 3 women die of heart disease. That’s a third of our mothers, our daughters our sisters, and our friends. Through this initiative we hope to raise awareness while also making a lasting impact in the lives of women across the Upstate community”.

Together, these women are advancing the American Heart Association's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat, taking the life of one in every three women, and one is too many.


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