Fall 2009 – National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Run Like a Girl, Board of Directors Welcome Dr. Kian Behbakht, The New Executive Director

September 1, 2009

Dear Friends of HERA,

Summer is nearing its end, the days are growing shorter, children are heading back to school, and the ice cream truck no longer wanders through the streets of my neighborhood. As we move into September, there is much upon which we are focusing at the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. We want to take this opportunity to remind all of our friends and supporters that early detection is currently the most critical and best tool in our fight against ovarian cancer.    Our primary goal is to save women’s lives. Education and awareness are clearly two key components to achieving that goal. We invite you to join us in helping spread the word: there are symptoms of ovarian cancer. We want you to tell your circle of influence, women and men alike, that knowing the symptoms goes a long way in helping increase early detection, which directly impacts survivability of this deadly disease.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University report that 1 in 57 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during 2009. Cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. Ovarian cancer ranks fourth among cancer- related deaths in women, according to the American Cancer
Society. Additionally, in 2009 the American Cancer Society projects that 21,500 women will be newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer and over 14,600 women will die from the disease this year alone. As we continue to work to reduce these numbers, we ask that you partner with us and know and share the symptoms.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

  • Abdominal pressure, bloating, or discomfort
  • Nausea, indigestion, or gas
  • Urinary frequency, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Shortness of breath

Take action if any symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. Consult a healthcare professional if any symptoms persist and they are unusual for you. Experts recommend a pelvic/rectal exam, a transvaginal ultrasound and a CA125 test. Pap smears test only for cervical cancer. If ovarian cancer is suspected ask to see a gynecological oncologist.
Wearing teal has become a symbol of ovarian cancer awareness. During the month of September, we encourage you to wear your teal to help increase awareness.

8th Annual Climb4Life Utah kicks off September 17th in Salt Lake City
Climb4Life Utah is a signature event for HERA and we are gearing up for what promises to be the most successful Climb4Life yet. This year’s Climb4Life Utah is the first since the passing earlier this year of HERA Founder, Sean Patrick. The organizing committee is committed to honoring Sean’s memory by making this year’s event the best ever, as we continue Sean’s vision of empowering: women to take control of their health; research scientists to find new directions in early detection, treatment, and prevention; and communities to provide support.

Sean took her passion for rock climbing and created this event as a way to bring attention to ovarian cancer. Now in its 8th year, the Climb4Life has come to symbolize the importance of empowering women to take charge of their own lives and health, and to insist that the medical and research communities devote more resources and energy to finding solutions for reducing the number of women dying from this disease.

This three-day event is hosted by Utah-based Black Diamond and attracts climbers from around the country. Climbers and non-climbers, new and experienced, women, men, and children alike, have the opportunity to climb in some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. And for those not wishing to climb, there is the Susan Sandoval Run, in which they can walk or run. This year we are joined by the University of Utah Department of OB/Gyn in partnering with Montrail to co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Susan Sandoval Run for Ovarian Cancer as part of the weekend of events. This partnership allows anyone to participate in the event, even if they are not a climber.

There is still time to register for this wonderful weekend of events and your support helps save women’s lives. What could be better than that!

Run Like a Girl

Join up to 1,000 women in the Run Like a Girl 8k and help change the lives of women affected by ovarian cancer! This 5 mile women’s only run, jog or walk (and kids mile (girls only) is an easy and fun way to help raise money and awareness for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation and to encourage you to take power of your own health. The next in this series of runs is Saturday, September 19th in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more details check it out on our website.

Board of Directors Welcomes Dr. Kian Behbakht

HERA Board of Directors recently elected renowned ovarian cancer doctor and researcher Dr. Kian Behbakht to its Board of Directors. Dr. Behbakht is an Associate Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Basic Reproductive Sciences at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Behbakht will serve on the Science and Community Grants Committee and the Education and Awareness Committee, providing invaluable insight into the complexities of ovarian cancer.

The New Executive Director

HERA Board President, Maile Buker, introduced me as HERA’s new Executive Director in our previous newsletter. As the new kid on the block, I want to say thank you to everyone who has welcomed me to HERA and so graciously made me feel at home in my new role. I am very excited to be a part of the HERA team and love being able to come to work every day knowing that the work we do is making an important impact. That said, our work at HERA would not be possible without the support that we receive from you. You are the essential piece of making HERA successful in our mission of saving women’s lives, increasing education and awareness of ovarian cancer while simultaneously funding cutting-edge research. This is truly a partnership and we couldn’t do it without you!

Danni Lederman
Executive Director

Mailing Address:
HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 6147 Denver, CO 80206 US

Contact Name: Danni Lederman
Telephone Number: (970) 948-7360

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