Friday, February 10, 2012

Marilicious Puts Her Heart First

On Thursday February 2nd, Hatquarters attended a local "Go Red" event, and we had the pleasure of spending the day getting to know several Hatters who came to play and learn about heart health. We were so proud and honored that these women came out rocking their red clothing and beautiful red hats in true Red Hat spirit to support the wonderful movement and share their stories.

As one Hatter sashayed down the aisle of the department store toward us, she was positively glowing in her fabulous long red dress and hat adorned with bright red feathers, and she was even sporting a cute pair of red glasses for the day. She smiled and introduced herself as Maria, Marilicious, of the Hussies with Hattitude (California, United States), and boy did she have Hattitude! She was a fireball of energy ready to learn as much as she could about heart health so she could share the information with her family, friends and co-workers. She was also excited to participate in the short Zumba class that was going to take place at the event.    

This was Maria's first "Go Red" event, and she was inspired by the Red Hat Society to educate herself about heart health, because she was directly affected by the impact of heart disease. Maria lost her father to a heart attack when she was 25. Determined that she was not going to fall victim to the same fate, Maria has created a very active and healthy lifestyle for herself that involves going to the gym five times a week, walking every day and making healthy food choices. "I want to be able to enjoy my family and my future grandchildren," Maria said. "My father has been gone for more than half of my life." In fact, on the day of the "Go Red" event, Maria had an appointment to see her doctor, because she had been experiencing some numbness in her left arm, which is a sign of a possible on-coming heart attack. (Luckily, it was not a heart-related issue.)  

We had a wonderful time getting to know Maria. We had our blood pressure taken, we discussed the importance of leading a healthy, active life and she even jumped in on the Zumba class that was the grand finale of the event. Thank you so much for spending the day with us Maria, and thank you for spreading the knowledge about heart-health to your loved ones!

If you participated in a "Go Red" event in your area, we would love to hear about it. Send your stories and photos to, or post your photos on the Red Hat Society's Facebook Page. If you would like to read about heart health and "Go Red" take a look at the latest issue of the Red Hat Society's latest issue of Red Hatter Matters.

1 comment:

  1. That's our Marilicious--she goes all out for anything she strongly believes in! Love ya, Maria!!!