Peyton Manning in Knoxville to help fight heart disease

Peyton Manning in Knoxville to help fight heart disease

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Peyton Manning was in Knoxville Tuesday for the annual Go Red For Women campaign. Peyton Manning was in Knoxville Tuesday for the annual Go Red For Women campaign.
Nearly 350 people were in attendance, and members say having a speaker like Manning helps the cause even more. Nearly 350 people were in attendance, and members say having a speaker like Manning helps the cause even more.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One of East Tennessee's favorite football stars is joining in the fight against heart disease.

Peyton Manning was in Knoxville Tuesday for the annual Go Red For Women campaign.

"I spent a lot of years dressed in orange, but today I'm wearing red to bring awareness to the Go Red For Women movement," said Manning.

The event is put on each year by the American Heart Association with the goal of preventing heart disease.

"As you all know, heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined," said Manning.

Nearly 350 people were in attendance, and members say having a speaker like Manning helps the cause even more.

"I know he's a very generous man. He loves this community. He loves the communities around Tennessee and East Tennessee specifically but comes home to Knoxville and really does a lot for us here, and we really appreciate it, so it was great having him here in red today," said Linda Cox-Collier with Go Red For Women.

"It shows the significance of the event, and it shows how Peyton really truly cares about the community that supported him for so long," said Neil Heatherly with Tennova Healthcare.

They are raising money and awareness all in hopes of saving lives.

"I really enjoy coming back to Knoxville. It is an honor for me to be here for such an important cause," said Manning.

The AHA has raised more than 36 million dollars so far this year in the fight against heart disease.

They say in the past 11 years, the number of women dying from heart disease has dropped 23 percent.
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