Why We Do It

November 19, 2012

From the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, thank you to our sponsors, donors, participants, volunteers, ambassadors, Board members, and friends for helping us celebrate HERA’s 10th anniversary in 2012. What a fabulous year! We presented four outstanding, very successful Climb4Life weekends including our new climb in Boston. We received support from our longstanding friends at the Run Like a Girl races, as well as Granogue and the East Coast Roller Derby Extravaganza. We developed new partnerships with the Ragnar Relays and the Fit to Fight Ovarian Cancer Triathlon. Other grassroots community events included Fly for Life, an indoor skydiving event, Scott Carter climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Mountain Khakis’ Ladies Night, Hair4HERA (yes, a HERA Board member really did shave her head!) and Sunday Service at Trattoria Stella, all of which raised funds for HERA and raised awareness about ovarian cancer. Speaking of raising awareness, did you catch the beautiful new PBS documentary about HERA’s founder, Sean Patrick? Click here to watch “Climb for Life: A Legacy” which premiered in 2012.

So, Why Do We Do It?

We do it because ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. We do it because ovarian cancer ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women. We do it because there is no early detection test, and it affects women of all ages and all backgrounds. We do it to stop the loss of women’s lives. Your participation and support keep us on track and on mission. Of the funds HERA raises, 88% supports our scientific research grants and our community grants. In 2012, HERA proudly awarded the following science grants and community awareness grants:

  • Outside the Box Science Grants to Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, MD
  • Sean Patrick Multidisciplinary Collaborative Grant to University of Chicago and University of Texas at Austin
  • Community Grant to the Ovarian Cancer Summit; Denver, CO
  • Community Grant to Teal Toes; Bethesda, MD
  • Community Grant to the Mautner Project; Washington, DC
  • Community Grant to Women’s Cancer Awareness Group; Petaluma, CA

Help Us End the Year with a Bang

While there is so much to be thankful for, we need your help to grow HERA in the future. Remember HERA on Colorado Gives Day, a special one-day online giving event promoting the philanthropic generosity of our state. On December 4, 2012, donors from all over the country will come together for 24 hours to raise millions of dollars for non-profits like ours. When you give on December 4, the value of your donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund; 100% of your donation will come to HERA. Visit GivingFirst.org/HERA to learn more. You can also pre-schedule your donation now to take place on 12/4; it’s so easy!

Want another idea? You can help HERA through the United Way. Designate a gift to HERA through your local United Way, or on your own through a workplace-giving campaign. Consider setting up a United Way donation to HERA on a quarterly basis, and encourage your co-workers to do the same. There are so many ways you can support HERA. From matching gifts to e-Bay sales, you have lots of options. Click here for more creative ideas.

Whether you climbed or hiked or biked or ran for HERA, or simply supported someone who did, we thank you. Because of people like you, HERA is more than a non-profit organization. It is a community of passionate people dedicated to supporting HERA’s mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness.

Keep HERA growing for the next 10 years: do it for all the women in your life.

From everyone at HERA, thanks for giving, and be well.

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