July 2009 HERA Update: New ED, OIWC event and more!

July 14, 2009

Dear Friends of HERA:

We are very excited to announce the hiring of a full time Executive Director for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation!

Danni Lederman started this week, diving in with ten fingers, ten toes, and a wicked sense of humor. She’s off and running, and already starting to bring value to the organization and have a noticeable impact. Danni has an extraordinary background in non-profit management, most recently as Executive Director for eleven years with the Diana Price Fish Cancer Foundation, as Board President of Community Shares of Colorado, and in development roles at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and the Colorado AIDS Project. She is an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State College teaching courses in Self-esteem and Assertiveness at the Women’s Studies Institute. She has also taught in the Non Profit Organization Administration Program, including courses in Financial Accountability and Budgeting, Volunteer Recruitment and Management, and Organization Stability. Danni has a Masters in Social Change from Goddard College in Vermont and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Metro State where she did her undergraduate work. She has been involved with HERA, having sponsored Colorado-based climber and ovarian cancer survivor Eden Ellman, in the HERA Climb4Life Colorado event. Danni herself is an avid outdoors woman, with hiking, biking, kayaking and skiing as her passions. The board is thrilled to have Danni on board, as we embark on the next chapter for the HERA Foundation – and the realization of Sean’s vision. We know Sean would approve!

The HERA Board of Directors (especially me as the board president) would like to acknowledge Lisa Carmichael’s assistance in January through April, when she assumed management of the day-to-day HERA operations as interim Executive Director and assembled the voluminous HERA Operating Manual. Lisa literally put her life on hold, rose to the occasion and kept HERA together during a time when we needed her, with incredible attention to detail and a selfless commitment to further HERA’s goals. Thank you, Lisa!

Other exciting news on the HERA front:

OIWC Presents Posthumous Pioneering Woman Award to Sean Patrick and launches Joint Fundraiser with HERA Foundation

Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition will host the Award Presentation and OIWC Gathering on Thursday, July 23, 2009, Salt Lake City UT, 4:30-6pm., at the prAna booth #10027 (award presentation at 5:30pm).  For a limited time, give a single donation and support both OIWC and HERA: Empowering Women, for Health, for Life.  Through an online fundraising effort the next three weeks, OIWC joins forces with HERA Foundation to honor and recognize long-time OIWC member Sean Patrick for her extraordinary efforts to empower as many women as possible to take control of their health.  Sean touched many women in the outdoor industries with her compassion and endless dedication to change. How can you help? – Join us at the Gathering, and give a donation!  Now for a limited time, you have the opportunity to support both organizations with a single donation. Half of your donation will go to the OIWC Education Foundation and half to the HERA Foundation.  OIWC empowers women to reach their career goals. The HERA Foundation empowers women to take control of their health. Click here to donate: http://www.oiwcorg/donations/fund.asp?id=3172

3rd Annual HERA Climb4Life Colorado Raises Over $60,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research

The economy may be sluggish but 154 rock climbers and hikers recently proved that a wholehearted fundraising effort produces big results. The 3rd Annual HERA Climb4Life Colorado held June 26 – 27 in Boulder, raised $61,034 and donations are still rolling in! The fundraising total represents a $22,000 increase over the 2008 event. Hosted by REI and Colorado Mountain School, the Climb4Life Colorado welcomed outdoor enthusiasts to hike and climb in and around the canyons and trails of the Boulder area. This year’s hiking option was brand new and attracted 28 hikers, including a family of 14 who came together to honor the memory of their recently deceased matriarch, who had succumbed to ovarian cancer after a long and courageous battle.  On the cliffs of Boulder Canyon many local guides and 13 accomplished professional climbers belayed and led participants to their climbing goals including Boulder residents Heidi Wirtz, current holder of the women’s speed record on Yosemite’s El Cap, Half Dome and Leaning Tower; and Tonya Riggs, the 20th U.S. woman to have reached the summit of Mt. Everest.  To round out the weekend, the event offered morning yoga classes and afternoon massages at the Boulder Rock Club, as well as dinner, live music and slide show.  The top three fundraisers were Maile Buker, HERA board president; Lisa Carmichael, Patrick’s longtime friend; and ovarian cancer survivor, Maggie Luck. Eden Ellman, another ovarian cancer survivor from Boulder, joined the ranks of the top five fundraisers. The top three fundraising teams included Outdoor DIVAS, who earned the top spot raising nearly $10,000, Team Maggie and Team Donna. Look for photos of the event on www.herafoundation.org, coming soon!

8th Annual Climb4Life Utah – register now!
Registration is open for the 8th Annual HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Climb4Life hosted by Utah-based Black Diamond.  The event will take place September 17-20 in Salt Lake City So far, this year’s Climb4Life Utah event has raised over $17,000! The top fundraiser to date is HERA board member Lara Usinowicz with $9,767 raised so far, and the Top Team is Bury the Dragon with $2,5767 raised to date, captained by HERA board member and ovarian cancer survivor Samantha Lockwood.  Join in the fun! Professional climbing stars like Joe Kinder, Jason Kehl, Heidi Wirtz, Katie Brown, Alli Rainey, Julia Niles, Kevin Wilkerson and many more come out to show their support and will be right beside you to help encourage you with your climbing and learning!  Register for Climb 4 Life Utah today! Don’t want to climb?  Want to run or walk instead? New this year, in partnership with the University of Utah Department of OB/Gyn and Montrail, is HERA’S sponsorship of the 3rd Annual Susan Sandoval Run for Ovarian Cancer, held in Sugarhouse Park on September 19th. Click here to register for the run, which is part of the Climb4Life Utah weekend of events.

With the help of our friends, staff, volunteers. grant recipients and thousands of HERA event participants, we can truly move mountains!


Maile Buker

President – HERA Board of Directors 

Please note new mailing address:
HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 6147
Denver, CO 80206

Telephone Number: (970) 948-7360

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