A red ribbon symbolizes the campaign to raise awareness about the potentially deadly consequences of stroke.
Rodney Ho, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis, who died of a sudden stroke last week at the age of 62, was honored by African-American female colleagues across the country, who wore red in her honor and to promote stroke awareness.
The women posted tweets of themselves in the anchor chair wearing red under the hashtag #RedforAmanda.
Amanda Davis, 62, in a publicity shot for Atlanta’s CBS affiliate where ahe was a morning news anchor. Davis suffered a massive stoke the day after Christmas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and died on Dec. 27, 2017.
Signs of a possible stroke include slurred speech, arm weakness and a partially drooping face, according to the American Heart Association.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off. The longer the delay in treatment, the likelier the person will die.
The CDC said black women, compared to women in other racial groups, on average have higher blood pressure, consume more salt, suffer from Sickle-cell anemia and have greater rates of obesity and diabetes.
Davis was a longtime Atlanta news anchor, who waged a public battle with alcoholism, before retiring from Atlanta’s Fox affiliate, then returning to an on-air role at the CBS affiliate.