Belmont faculty and students partnered with the American Heart Association for National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for women’s heart disease.
They gathered, socially distant, at the Freedom Plaza for a heart-shaped photo, giving their support to those who have been affected by heart disease.
Dr. Martha Buckner, associate dean of Belmont’s nursing school, said that in her family, “all the women have been affected by heart disease.”
She said she believes that heart disease does not get enough attention, as it is a leading cause of death for women. One in five women will be affected by this in the U.S., Buckner said.
The American Heart Association contacts the School of Health Sciences every year to help raise awareness, and Belmont has participated for several years now — even if this year’s gathering was smaller due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Freedom Plaza fountain and Bell Tower were also lit red Thursday evening to raise awareness.
Article written by Izabel Leveille. Photos by Isaac Wetzel and ErinRene Luft.