7th Annual HERA Climb4LifeSM Metro DC

June 28, 2012

People Take to Rock Climbing, Hiking and Biking to Help Fight the Deadly Disease

DENVERJune 28, 2012 – The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, expects more than 100 people to take to the D.C.-area trails and crags July 13-15 to rock climb, hike and mountain bike for Climb4LifeSM Metro DC. The weekend event, now in its seventh year in Washington, D.C., brings women, men, ovarian cancer survivors, their families and outdoor enthusiasts together for a one-of-a-kind event to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and drive awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Climb4LifeSM Metro DC is open to people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. To register, visit: www.herafoundation.org/c4l-dc-2012/.

Following a welcome reception on Friday evening, Climb4LifeSM participants will climb, hike and bike along the scenic Potomac River throughout the weekend with professional athletes and guides. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a yoga session, as well as gear giveaways, awards ceremony and silent auction at the Climb4LifeSM Celebration at Glenview Manor in Rockville, Md. Registration is open through July 10 for $50. Participants and volunteers are encouraged to raise a minimum of $250, with awards going to the top fundraisers and fundraising team.

“Whether you’re a beginner or veteran climber, hiker or biker, if you’ve been affected by ovarian cancer or not, we welcome everyone to join us for Climb4Life,” said Meg Steitz, HERA’s executive director. “People travel from all over the country to participate, and join us year after year to enjoy the outdoors and do their part to help advance ovarian cancer research and generate more awareness of the disease.”

The Climb4LifeSM series was conceived in 2001 while HERA Founder Sean Patrick was recovering from her seventh ovarian cancer surgery. What started as a single event in Salt Lake City has grown into a multi-city program attracting hundreds of participants and numerous partners. The Climb4LifeSM series includes events in Boston, Boulder, Colo., Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. The events are fundamental in helping HERA accomplish its mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness

Through its Climb4LifeSM series and other fundraising events, HERA commits more than 85 percent of the funds raised for scientific research and community grants, as well as education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one in 71 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. With early detection, about 94 percent will survive longer than five years after diagnosis. Currently, however, only 20 percent of ovarian cancer is caught early. 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.

About the HERA Foundation:

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. In addition, HERA awards grants to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways. More information is available at www.herafoundation.org.

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