On “Red Heart Day“, ABC will air a brand new special called A Barbara Walters Special: A Matter of Life and Death. Joining Walters are Regis Philbin, David Letterman, President Bill Clinton and Robin Williams, all whom Williams jokingly refers to as the “brotherhood of the cracked chests.” The 60-minute ABC special airs on February 4th, Red Heart Day, a national day set aside to spread awareness about heart disease.
Barbara Walters, Regis Philbin, David Letterman and Robin Williams all went from being in the spotlight to being in the operating room for life-and-death surgery. During the groundbreaking ABC special, everyone opens their hearts to reveal their emotional stories of how they triumphed over heart disease.
Each account is an intimate portrait of these most public figures, infused with laughter and tears. Walters also takes viewers on an unprecedented behind-the-scenes journey of her own battle from discovery of a faulty heart valve to the operating table and recovery. “It’s no big deal…just a matter of life and death,” Walters tells viewers. She talks to doctors, including her own, about what viewers, especially women, need to know to save themselves and their loved ones. “Take advantage of the technology and the care that’s available. There’s no reason why a man or woman in this day and age should unexpectedly drop dead of a heart attack,” Letterman says candidly during the special. “I realized there was really no alternative, if I wanted to live, I had to do this,” President Bill Clinton.
A Barbara Walters Special: A Matter of Life and Death airs Friday, February 4th at 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
About National Red Heart Day (also known as “National Wear Red Day”):
- The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, promotes the National “Wear Red Day” to spread the message that “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear — It’s the #1 Killer of Women,” according to its Web site.
- The Heart Truth® – a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease – created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.
- On Friday, February 4, 2011, Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness on National Wear Red Day®. This observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in this life-saving awareness movement by putting on a favorite red dress, shirt, tie, or Red Dress Pin.
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