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Anchors nationwide wear red to honor Amanda Davis & promote stroke awareness

Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Amanda Davis, the CBS46 morning anchor who died of a sudden stroke last week at age 62, is getting much love from several black female anchors across the country wearing red in her honor and to promote stroke awareness.

They are posting with the trending Twitter hashtag #RedforAmanda. The American Heart Association said signs of a possible stroke include slurring of words, arm weakness and face drooping.

A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off and the longer the delay of treatment, the likelier the person will die.

African-American women are more likely to have a stroke than any other racial group of women and twice as likely as white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  Black women are also more prone to severe strokes at younger ages.

The CDC said black women, compared to other women, on average possess higher blood pressure, consume more salt, suffer from Sickle-cell anemia and have greater rates of obesity and diabetes.

Davis' funeral is at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. It's open to the public but the family requests no video or photos. If you can't attend, you can watch a live stream of the proceedings here.

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