LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee signed a proclamation Monday morning declaring National Red Dress Day.
According to the city, this is an annual event designed to direct attention to the serious heart health issues facing women and to encourage and support efforts to address them.
Advocate Faye Jackson attended the signing. Jackson said she uses this day to honor her daughter who was born with heart problems.
Jackson said doctors told her her daughter was only supposed to live to be 6 months old but lived to be 23 years old.
“When she made it to 18, she said 'mama, I made it," said Jackson.
Jackson said her daughter had three heart attacks in her life and was on life support twice. She said one day her daughter told her that she didn’t want to be on life support anymore.
“This brings attention to heart disease for women who’s one of the number one killers besides cancer,” said Faye. “So, we try to dress in red on the first Friday of February to show that we are thinking about the heart.”
According to the Go Red for Women website, cardiovascular disease causes 1 in 3 deaths in women each year.