A big round of applause for my friend Heather!
Heather is a young lady that I met at the Adult Congenital Heart Association‘s (ACHA) convention in Philadelphia at the beginning of May. After returning home, Heather noticed an advertisement stating that Lifetime Television was recruiting participants for a makeover show featuring women with heart disease.
Something about this rubbed Heather the wrong way. From the wording of the ad, she (correctly) surmised that the show assumed that those with “heart disease” would be all older women who were suffering the effects of acquired heart disease… the problems that arise from clogged arteries, high cholesterol, and general aging. Heather decided to go to the audition and prove to everyone there that heart disease wasn’t just caused by bad habits and aging; you could be born with it, too. (There is a debate about the differences in the word disease and defect, and the mental image each brings to mind. I’ll discuss this with you in a later post.) And so that is what she did!
Heather is a smart, articulate young lady. She made her point so well that she landed a spot on the show! I’ve tried to be intentionally vague until now, but here’s the big news: Heather will appear on How to Look Good Naked with host Carson Kressley!
And if that wasn’t enough, the How to Look Good Naked producers asked Heather to come in for one final day of shooting… and surprised her with a charity fundraiser to support the ACHA and UCLA!
She was featured in a fashion show (all the models in the show were women with a CHD, and dressed to the max in Hugo Boss gowns!) and Heather was “loaned” a ONE MILLION DOLLAR NECKLACE to wear during the show. Unfortunately, they didn’t let her keep the necklace. But they did give her a little something….
… a check made out to the ACHA for $10,000!
So, this is a classic win-win situation. The ACHA now has a few friends in the TV industry, How to Look Good Naked has a wonderful young lady as a subject, and Heather has a chance to enlighten people about CHD’s. I know she’ll be a great spokesperson.
Way to go, Heather!