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Published on January 15, 2014

Women With Heart to Celebrate Two Henderson County Women

TYLER, TX - In recognition of February as National Heart Month, Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances and KYTX CBS 19 are preparing to celebrate two remarkable Henderson County women who have battled and conquered, cardiac disease with the help of Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and exude a spirit that has inspired others.

Throughout the month of November, TMFHC and KYTX CBS 19 received nominations and called for community votes during December. The two women voted to represent Henderson County are Deanne Cope and Rhonda Glena. Please read a short story about their triumphs over heart disease below.

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases cause approximately half of all deaths in American women and one out of three women over age 65 has some form of heart disease. No longer is it considered a disease suffered only by men. We hope you will help us spread the word about our ‘Women With Heart’ event to those in your community.

Ms. Cope and Ms. Glena will be honored during a special evening of food, fellowship, and learning Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Cain Center.

The dinner is free and open to the public. It will educate attendees about the risks for heart disease, and feature a fashion show, door prizes, and informational booths. Seating is limited; please call (903) 531-5678 to reserve your spot today.

Henderson County ‘Women With Heart’

Deanne Cope had a heart attack over 15 years ago and was care-flighted to Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.  The surgeon told her she needed surgery for a ruptured heart valve and informed her family she would only have a 50/ 50 chance of survival. That night the TMF cardiac team saved her life. Deanne has a kind and giving soul with a sweet spirit and often delivers baked treats to friends. Since the heart attack, she has committed to following Doctors orders and becoming self aware of her disease process by doing everything she can to remain healthy.

Rhonda Glena suffered from high blood pressure, but never expected to have a heart attack. When she was just 40 years old, she started experiencing chest pain, sickness in her stomach, and aches all over her body.  Rhonda had a heart attack in the car when she was coming home from work with her 11-year-old daughter. She told her daughter to call 9-1-1 and the last thing Rhonda remembers was walking through her front door. When Rhonda became alert again, she learned she had five blockages in her heart (known as the “widow maker”). Rhonda has quit smoking and traded it for fishing.

Media Contact

Will Knous
Media Relations
(903) 530-5065