Be Out Loud

August 22, 2012

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation asks you to get involved and help spread the word. What can you do to raise awareness? Here are 5 easy ways to help HERA save women’s lives.

Get Your Teal On

Friday, September 7 is Wear Teal Day. Buy something bold & beautiful and wear it proudly, or, buy a teal gift for someone you love. Check out HERA’s new Partners in Action gear for inspiration.

Climb for LifeSM

Join us for the 11th Annual Climb4Life Utah, September 14-16, 2012 in Salt Lake City. Climb4Life is HERA’s signature fundraising event, a weekend of rock climbing, hiking, great food, great friends, and great fun. New this year: a kids’ climb and an outdoor photography workshop! We promise a great party filled with fun, adventure, and camaraderie with others like you who are committed to stopping the loss of women from ovarian cancer. Don’t miss Climb4Life Utah. It’s our big event of the year! Turn your passion into action.  It’s not too late:  register yourself and your family now!

New Events in Colorado

Join us for the first-ever Run Like a Girl in Durango on September 8 at 9:00 am.    RLaG is a women’s only 4.5 mile walk, jog, or run, and proceeds help HERA. Come on out and run in the beautiful setting of Durango, CO. We know you can do it!  Click here to learn more.  Then, attend the first Ovarian Cancer Summit (co-sponsored by HERA) on Saturday, September 15, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the University of Denver. Presented by the Ovarian Cancer Task Force, the summit will feature nationally-recognized speakers such as Dr. Laura Shawver (The Clearity Foundation), Dr. Monique Spillman (University of Colorado School of Medicine) and Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth (Mt. Sinai Hospital). On-line registration closes September 7; click here for details and registration info. A few scholarships are still available.

Become a HERA Ambassador

HERA Ambassadors are a select group of passionate volunteers who represent the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation and further our mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research and Awareness. Ambassadors attend local events to promote our organization: health fairs, bike races, farmers’ markets, Climb4Life weekends, running events, or any other creative event that local communities put together.  HERA Ambassadors are even on hand at roller derby bouts!  These dedicated volunteers are constantly turning their passion into action to support our mission and help save women’s lives. Through education and fundraising, HERA Ambassadors help us have a presence in various communities around the country.  It’s all about outreach! Learn more about becoming a HERA Ambassador.

Spread the Word

Learn the symptoms of ovarian cancer for yourself, and share them with all the women in your life. Click here to Know the Symptoms, and pass this along to all the women you know. One in 71 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  With early detection about 94% will survive longer than 5 years after diagnosis. Currently, only 15% of ovarian cancer is caught early. Estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2012: about 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and about 15,500 deaths will occur.  It ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women, and accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. We can’t do it alone, so help us spread the word.

88% of the funds we raise support HERA’s programs such as the scientific research grants and the community grants that raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways.

Established in 2002, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. As a nationally-recognized ovarian cancer organization, HERA provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions. In so doing, HERA attracts more young researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease. HERA also embraces projects related to ovarian cancer awareness in different communities around the country. HERA empowers women through educational activities that raise awareness of symptoms and treatment options. By stressing the concept of “community,” HERA supports and empowers those undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer, as well as women who are healthy. More information is available at

September is right around the corner. Get Involved. Be Aware. Be Out Loud.

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