GUESS WHAT kills women more than any other illness around the world? It’s not cancer; it’s heart disease. How ironic that a woman sustains the lives of others by using her heart . . . and then faces death with a disease that plagues her own heart!“Even in scientific research, women are still treated as second-class citizens,and to me, that’s just unacceptable.”—Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand—yes, that incredibly talented, multi-hyphenated force of nature living amongst us—is dedicating her creative and leadership powers to advancing research, education, and health care of women’s heart disease. According to www.discoveringforlife.org, heart disease kills more women each year than all cancers combined, but most of the research on the disease for the past fifty years has been done on men. This is where Miss Streisand, known for trailblazing for the cause of women in her film and musical projects, has stepped in. Since 2008, her non-profit organization, the Barbra Streisand Foundation, has been supporting the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I encourage you to visit the heart center's Web site to better understand what can potentially kill the women we love. The facts and the stats they've listed are alarming.
In a peerless career spanning 50 years (that's 50 years THIS year), Miss Streisand has illuminated our lives with theatrical and song performances that celebrate the affairs of the heart. Now she’s back on center stage, shedding light on the heart of the matter: the health of the heart. We're the luckiest people in the world to have such a woman in love! (That's referencing the two biggest-selling Streisand songs in history, just in case you've forgotten.)