8th Annual Climb4LifeSM DC Takes Novel Approach

July 3, 2013

More Than 100 Expected to Rock Climb and Hike to Fight the Deadly Disease

DENVERJuly 2, 2013The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, will lead more than 100 people through D.C.-area trails and crags to rock climb and hike as part of the 8thAnnual Climb4Life Metro DC on Saturday, July 13. The event brings together women, men, ovarian cancer survivors, their families and outdoor enthusiasts for a one-of-a-kind experience that raises funds for ovarian cancer research and drives awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease. Climb4Life Metro DC is open to people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. Registration is open through July 10 for $50 at:  www.herafoundation.org/c4l-dc-2013/.

“Through Climb4Life, we raise money that goes directly to much-needed research grants for ovarian cancer and unique awareness programs to help more women know the signs and symptoms of the disease,” said Meg Steitz, executive director for the HERA Foundation. “Climb4Life is an event like no other. The empowerment people feel when rock climbing, no matter if you’re a beginner or a pro, is indescribable. It’s a day participants will remember forever – not only because of the climbing or hiking, but because of what it means for women fighting the disease now and in the future.”

The Climb4Life 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 nationwide and numerous partners, including Petzl, Black Diamond, Marmot and REI. With events in Boston, Boulder, Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City, HERA aims to raise more than $100,000 for ovarian cancer research and awareness programs in 2013.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. In 2013, it is estimated that about 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and about 14,230 women will die from the disease. 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 because there is NO effective early detection test. 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.

Climb4Life Metro DC kicks off on Saturday, July 13, at locations in both Carderock, Md. and Great Falls, Va. HERA will notify participants a day in advance to which location they are assigned. When registering, participants may choose rock climbing or hiking with the pros or an outdoor photography class led by a professional REI photographer. Registration includes all required climbing gear, goodie bag, t-shirt, entry to the HERA Celebration dinner that evening at the Carderock Pavilion, the opportunity to win pro-quality outdoor gear, and much more. To register, donate to a participant or for more information, visit:  www.herafoundation.org/c4l-dc-2013/.

Of the funds HERA raises through Climb4Life and other initiatives, 88 percent provides for programs such as the scientific research grants and community awareness grants.

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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