Marching into Spring

March 2, 2010

Dear Friends,

March…can spring be far behind? What is it that we love about spring? Perhaps it is the promise of renewal, rebirth, or simply the coming of our collective sigh of relief that we survived another winter.

This March I’m off to Washington D.C. for the 5th Annual HERA Climb4Life, Metro D.C., which kicks-off on March 13th and concludes on March 21st. Although I am very excited about the upcoming event, I find it somewhat ironic that I am heading to our nation’s capitol at this particular time. What is now referred to as the “national healthcare debate” is in full swing and completely out of control. Finger pointing has become an Olympic sport with both sides of the aisle winning gold medals.

I find myself trying to reconcile the incredible waste of our national resources and energy being spent on this endless debate with the reality that during the same time period over 14,000 women died of ovarian cancer. I think of the millions upon millions of dollars that have been spent on the debate, not to mention the millions on lobbying efforts to impact the debate. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that all of the resources being spent on this debate could actually be spent on healthcare.

I am not naïve enough to believe that any issue is that simple, particularly when the issue involves politicians often more interested in trying to impress than to govern. However, I do know that while this debate rages on, I will go to Washington D.C. and participate in the 5th Annual HERA Climb4Life, Metro D.C., an event that helps raise money to support ovarian cancer awareness and research. An event put on by a group of incredible volunteers who work full-time jobs, run businesses, and then devote hours of their time to helping save women’s lives by producing and hosting this event. Now that’s impressive.

HERA Climb4Life, Metro D.C.

Join us for this unique event to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer while enjoying yourself climbing, doing yoga, and socializing with great people.  HERA Climb4Life, Metro D.C. provides a great combination of indoor climbing activities and yoga activities over the course of nine days beginning Saturday, March 13th – Sunday, March 21st. Throw in some great parties, guest appearances by professional climbers Charlotte Jouett-Bosley, Matt Bosley, and Ryan Scurfield, vendor expo, presentation from research scientists from Johns Hopkins University and HERA grant recipients, and top it off with its being a benefit to help save women’s lives from ovarian cancer.

For additional information and to register please go to our website and click on the link Metro DC C4L

Check out the article that founder and editor of Trail Voice, Ian Edlind wrote about the upcoming 5th Annual HERA Climb4Life, Metro D.C.

HERA On Facebook

HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is on Facebook!  We’re excited to have this opportunity to share quick updates on all the latest ovarian cancer and HERA news, HERA Fundraisers, and Partners in Action updates.  If you’re on Facebook, show support by becoming a fan of the HERA page! Don’t forget to “suggest to your friends” that they join HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation too!!/pages/HERA-Womens-Cancer-Foundation/309577602402 (You may need to paste this address into your browser for it to connect properly)

HERA Scientific Grant Opportunity Update

As noted in our November 2009 newsletter, we announced the availability of significant HERA funding for a study focused on Type I ovarian cancer. In response to our call for letters of intent, our Science and Community Grants Committees invited seventeen applicants to submit full proposals; sixteen did so by the January 15, 2010, deadline. The Science and Community Grants Committee are in their final review stage and we will be announcing the winner of the grant later this month. This is exciting news for HERA, as it is the largest grant we’ve ever awarded in our history. Over 85% of all funds raised go to research and awareness programs!

2010 Run Like A Girl Kicks off May 1st

We are delighted to be supported again this year by the Run Like A Girl event series.   Event promoter Mark Junkermann encourages you to “join us and help raise awareness for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation. A portion of each entry will be donated to the charity along with any funds raised by participants.” Dates currently scheduled include: May 1st in Charlotte, NC, May 23rd in Chesterfield, VA, and October 10th in Goochland, VA. Complete details are available at Additional dates will be announced.

Sean Patrick’s Legacy Lives on through the Golden Piton Award

We received word right before the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market that Sean Patrick’s life work is being honored by Climbing Magazine as a recipient of the 2009 Golden Piton Award in the Humanitarian Category. Sean is being recognized posthumously for her efforts in helping and touching untold millions, through raising funds and awareness for ovarian cancer research. Click on:

HERA Partners in Action gear in the media!

Outside Magazine’s Winter 2010 Buyer’s Guide reports that the SMC Capra HERA Edition ice axe was the lightest they tested, when the snow got steep (and was the only they felt they could rely on.) The best news? Ten dollars from the sale of each $86 axe goes to HERA.

A ten-item HERA Partners in Action gear package was also featured in a recent Urban Climber Magazine coin promotion. Thank you Urban Climber!

Our thanks to all of our supporters; you help make a difference as we work together to save women’s lives!

Danni Lederman

Executive Director

Please consider a donation to the HERA Foundation and support our work to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer. It’s easy, click here,, which will direct you to the HERA Foundation website allowing you to make a safe and secure online donation, or mail a check if you prefer.  Just click the “donate” button, then “make a gift now” and you are on your way to helping save women’s lives in just three simple steps. Also please review the symptoms of ovarian cancer on the HERA site and share with friends. If you have any questions please write to or call (970) 948-7360. Thank you!

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

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