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Roberts and family ‘Go Red’ at Capitol

Monday, February 22, 2010
By theleader

LuWana Roberts and family members gathered at the Utah State Capitol recently to promote heart health awareness with lawmakers. Pictured are (l-r) Tammy Green, Kristi Noble, Kellee Hunsaker, Sheri Williams, Rep. Ronda Menlove, Lori Woerner, Tayler Williams, Roberts, Markell Williams, Kylie Williams and Sandy Williams.

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LuWana Roberts sits with Menlove in the Senate Session.

For LuWana Roberts, heart health is a very important issue.

And for good reason. Roberts was diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease in 2005 and has endured doctor’s office after doctor’s office, surgery after surgery since that time.

Yet Roberts and her family have been able to find the positive from such a negative situation, as her daughter Sheri Williams and granddaugther Tayler Williams have joined Roberts and taken up the fight against heart disease and worked hard to raise awareness about it.

“It’s something women need to be aware of,” Roberts said. “We as mothers don’t seem to take time for ourselves. We need to be more aware of our cholesterol and things that affect the heart. I don’t want [my daughters and granddaughters] to go through what I’ve had to go through.”

By the looks of things, her family is taking that desire to ‘heart,’ so to speak. Tayler, who has won the titles of Miss Rocky Mountain, Miss Cache Valley and Miss Bear River Valley in recent years, not to mention two top five finishes at Miss Utah, has used heart health awareness as her platform. Joining her in the fight have been her mom and grandmother.

The trio had the opportunity to present their cause to the Utah House of Representatives a few weeks ago in recognition of February being Heart Disease Awareness month. They were joined by other family members and ended up with more attention drawn to their cause than they could have asked for.

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