Nancy Brown and Woman’s Day Red Dress Award recipient Angela Bassett

Nancy Brown and Woman’s Day Red Dress Award recipient Angela Bassett


(energetic music) – Hi, I’m Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart
Association and I am so honored to be here
today with Angela Bassett, who, of course, is such a
powerful woman in so many ways. But tonight we’re here
to talk about the link between heart disease and diabetes. Angela, tell us a little bit about why this cause is so important to you. – Oh, it means so much to
me, Nancy, thank you so much. Because my mother, who’s the reason that I’m standing here today,
one of my biggest advocates. I’m here, add my voice
to be a advocate for her. She had type 2 diabetes and she died from cardiovascular
disease, which, of course, you know, number one killer of women. So it’s really a profound opportunity to do some good for women. – For all women, really. And I think, one of the
things we recognize is that people don’t understand the link between cardiovascular
disease and diabetes and that’s what we’re really
trying to do, together. Tell me a little about
how you feel about getting this award tonight. – I’m very, very excited. I’m very humbled, of
course, but it just makes me feel like I’m doing some
good, some good in life. I have my day job, as an actress, but also it’s just very
important for me to help others, when and where I can and the fact that you’re honoring me tonight means that some of that’s getting out there. So it’s all a tribute to my mother. – Oh, thank you. Our moms are so important in our lives. Thank you so much, Angela Bassett, for your amazing leadership. You will save many lives. And for those of you who
want more information, please check out KnowDiabetesByHeart.org.

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