ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) — The annual Capital Region Glows Red ceremony will be held on Zoom Thursday at 5 p.m. As part of the American Heart Month initiative, many Capital Region companies are illuminating their buildings red in anticipation of Wear Red Day on Friday.

The goal is raising awareness about heart disease in women. By some estimates, as many as 1 in 3 women die of heart disease.

The CDTA’s Watervliet Avenue headquarters will glow red in support of the American Heart Association and Heart Health Month. The glowing begins on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. CDTA buses will also display Wear Red Day messages to support the Capital Region event.

CDTA leaders will be joined by CDTA essential workers and the Albany Fire Department to help kick-off the month-long event. Take a look at the list of the other organizations that will be glowing red to support the movement:

  • 84 Ferry
  • Albany Capital Center
  • Albany Med
  • Albany Memorial
  • Ambiance Florals and Events
  • BBL Companies
  • Bonacio Construction
  • Cardiology Associates of Schenectady
  • Crown Salon
  • EMPAC at RPI
  • First Church of Albany
  • Franklin Plaza
  • The Hedley Building, Troy
  • Keeler Mercedes Benz
  • Mary Martin and Company
  • McCurdy Real Estate Group
  • MicroKnowledge/ProKnowledge
  • Miranda Allstate Insurance Group
  • Miranda Real Estate Group
  • MVP Health Care
  • St. Mary’s Cross Tower, Amsterdam
  • St. Mary’s, Troy
  • St. Peter’s Hospital
  • Samaritan Hospital
  • Saratoga City Building
  • Saratoga National Bank and Trust
  • TCT Federal Credit Union, Cambridge
  • TCT Federal Credit Union, Clifton Park
  • TCT Federal Credit Union, Ballston Spa
  • TCT Federal Credit Union, Queensbury
  • The Local Pub and Teahouse
  • The Times Union Center
  • Upstate Animal Medical Center

During the ceremony on Thursday evening, Marcy Fiet—a nursing professor at Russell Sage College and a midwife at Albany Med—will share her story of spontaneous coronary artery dissection. “I had a headache, I was nauseous, I couldn’t catch a deep breath,” she said of her experience in September 2020. “By the time I got home, the pain was crushing and I couldn’t catch a deep breath. When my husband asked if I was ok, I couldn’t even speak. I took a sip of water, and nearly threw up.”

“Like so many women, Marcy initially thought that what she was feeling might have been due to overdoing it. Fortunately, she listened to her instincts that something wasn’t right, that it might be her heart, and called 911,” said Dr. Suzie Mookherjee, a cardiologist at Albany Med who will be hosting the ceremony. “We want all women to know the signs and symptoms of heart disease. New data shows that young women, especially young women of color, don’t know that heart disease is their No. 1 health threat. Go Red for Women is working to change that.”

The American Heart Association hosts the annual Capital Region Glows initiative in anticipation of Wear Red Day on February 5, when everyone wears red to raise awareness. The campaign supports the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.