Tri-County professional receives Go Red for Women ‘Woman of Impact’ Award

Kerry Reckard of McDonald
Kerry Reckard of McDonald

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (April 8, 2022) – The American Heart Association has presented Kerry Reckard of McDonald with the 2022 Tri-County Go Red for Women® Woman of Impact Award for her dedication and contributions in the fight against the No. 1 killer of women in the Tri-County region. Kerry lead and participated in more than ten mission impact activities over the 9-week campaign and led her team to raise over $44,000 in support of the American Heart Association’s signature movement banding women together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. Reckard is an Insurance Agent with State Farm.

“Taking part in the Woman of Impact program was personal for me,” said Reckard. “I’m tired of the people I love the most dying of heart disease. My father passed away at the age of 58 from a massive heart attack, leaving my mother a widow at 54. When I turned 54 last year, it was the wakeup call that I needed to learn more about my risk factors including my family's history with cardiovascular disease to continue to make sure my family and I are living longer, healthier lives. I’m honored by this recognition, but most of all I’m incredibly proud of the contributions my team and I have made together in support of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving work.”

Throughout the campaign, Kerry immersed herself and her team in every aspect of the American Heart Association’s mission, to be a relentless force for a world of longer healthier lives. Reckard took charge of her own health and inspired others to do the same. She advocated for change through the American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure network and focused on spreading education and awareness around Hands-Only CPR, mental wellbeing, the benefits of physical activity, and healthy eating. Reckard did this all while hosting numerous fundraisers to financially support the mission of the American Heart Association.

“We are so grateful to Kerry and to all of our nominees for their work elevating the Go Red for Women message and raising critical funds in support of our mission,” said Courtney Lockshaw, Development Director for the American Heart Association. “All of these women took on a challenge by becoming the inaugural class of Tri-County Woman of Impact nominees without hesitation. What impressed me the most was their support of one another. Despite the competitiveness of the campaign, these women focused on coming together to bring as much awareness as possible to our community.”

Collectively, this year’s Tri-County nominees and their Impact Teams initiated over 50 direct mission impact opportunities throughout the community and beyond and raised over $94,000 for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

To nominate someone to be a part of the of 2023 Tri-County Woman of Impact Campaign, please visit or e-mail Courtney Lockshaw at [email protected].


About Go Red for Women
The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 18 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721).

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For local media inquiries:
Tracy Behnke, Executive Director
[email protected]; 216-310-6958