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Published on January 15, 2014

"Women With Heart" to Celebrate Two Smith 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 Smith 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 Smith County are Lena Callender and Susan Roberts. 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. Callender and Ms. Roberts will be honored during a special evening of food, fellowship, and learning Tuesday, February 4, 5:30 p.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden. 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.

Smith County ‘Women With Heart’

Lena Callender never thought she would find herself living in Tyler, Texas. Yet, after twenty-nine years in the remote wilderness of Alaska, she finds herself on Texas soil.  She moved to Tyler last year for our state-of-the-art heart care since her doctor told her she needed to be closer to a place that provided excellent medical care. At the age of 82, she is a living testimony to the pioneer spirit of the Alaskan woman - determined to overcome her health challenges by partnering with the physicians and caregivers at TMF.

Susan Roberts suffered a heart attack in October of 2011 and underwent coronary bypass surgery. She had 4 bypasses! She completed cardiac rehab and has embraced a healthy lifestyle. She speaks to women about the atypical symptoms of heart disease for women and the importance of not ignoring symptoms, and has been known for going door-to-door in her neighborhood handing out “Red Dress” pins to educate women about heart disease. Instead of being a victim of heart disease, she took charge and has become an evangelist.

Media Contact

Will Knous
Media Relations
(903) 530-5065