AZ Employees Go Red for the American Heart Association


Laura Hepp

5 June 2014

AstraZeneca is committed to supporting organizations that address the issues impacting patients and their families. On May 9, several AstraZeneca employees, decked in bright red accessories, attended the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 11th Annual Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon. AstraZeneca was proud to sponsor the event, which featured a health expo, silent auction, health screenings, a Heart Healthy Lunch and plenty of time to network and mingle with prominent business executives, community leaders, healthcare professionals and volunteers. Guests could also pledge a personal commitment with Open Your Heart, a commemorative donating opportunity, and further contribute to AHA’s education and research efforts.

Volunteer champion Krista Willis Savino highlighted the strength and mission of AHA by sharing her story. Upon birth, she was diagnosed with Ebstein’s anomaly, a rare congenital heart defect that affects less than 200,000 people in the U.S. Doctors predicted she may not live to leave the hospital or, under best circumstances, past the age of two. However, the future brightened for Krista. Advances in research and medical treatments within Krista’s own lifetime changed everything. Krista, now 28 years old and recently married, has undergone numerous operations but lives a happy, healthy and physically active life.

Front Row (left to right): Michelle Benfield, Kim Guillen, Angelina Smolskis
Back Row (left to right): Lydia Hallgren, Chris Espositio, Lindsay Adair Gehret, Lauren Mucci

AHA strives to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and centers all actions around this mission. With unifying values, AstraZeneca continues to sponsor and support AHA locally and nationally in various efforts and initiatives including Go Red for Women, the Heart Ball, the Heart Walk and CPR Anytime Training. Visit to learn more about cardiovascular disease and related conditions, and how you can join the cause.