Climber Gives Back, Raises Funds for HERA

July 20, 2011

HERA Rocks FlyerBy Sean Ewers

I’ve been climbing for almost five years now.  Climbing has done a lot for me.  It has helped me stay in shape, it has helped me find new friends, it has helped me find peace of mind, and even helped me find some work.  Those facets of climbing, among many others, have helped me fall in love with the sport.  Until recently, climbing has been just a personal journey with many sights to see along the way.  Then I realized climbing is a community and I can’t continue climbing without giving back to a sport that has given me so much.  I decided to do something to give back to the community using climbing as a conduit.  The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation was an easy choice.  The Foundation’s tremendous work to fight for awareness of ovarian cancer and funding research is a task that is daunting and extremely noble.  They have a strong connection with the climbing community and have received much support from fantastic climbing companies.

I contacted HERA with my idea of a community fundraiser in Wallingford, Connecticut.  Brien Roscetti was on board with his generous offer to use his gym, Prime Climb.  Meg Steitz, Executive Director of HERA, was extremely helpful in setting this up.  We decided on a day, and called it “HERA Rocks!”  It was a day filled with fun and friends.  We had a bake sale, Dyno competition, slacklining, milk crate stacking, free climbing, and finished the day off with a gear giveaway.

Again, I would like to give a giant thanks to all those who helped make this day a huge success.  Brien Roscetti and Prime Climb, Meg Steitz, Julbo, Friksn, Detroit Rock Climbing Company, Sterling Rope, Prana, Atomik Climbing Holds, So Ill, Sanuk, Revolution, Pusher, Organic, Evolv, Asana, and all the climbers and friends who came out and supported the event.  Thanks to everyone who participated, we raised $1,468 for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation.  Not bad for a day’s “work.”

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