Documentary Celebrates 10th Anniversary of HERA Foundation

January 17, 2012

KUED to honor the life and legacy of Founder Sean Patrick on January 19

DENVER and SALT LAKE CITY, January 11, 2012 — Ten years ago, Sean Patrick became a catalyst for change by establishing the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation (www.herafoundation.org) in Colorado to rally a community to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer. To honor Patrick’s vision and inspiration, KUED-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah created a documentary, “Climb for Life:  A Legacy.”  The premiere will air during Outdoor Retailer market on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7 p.m. MT at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City.  For a DVD of the 30-minute program, please call Mary Dickson at 801-581-3263 or mdickson@kued.org

An athlete diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Patrick touched the lives of countless people as she fought to overcome this deadly disease. KUED’s documentary explores Patrick’s life and legacy through interviews with cutting-edge medical researchers, committed surgeons, world-renowned medical institutions, those diagnosed with the disease and others who were influenced by her passion for life and drive to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer.

One in 71 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. The fatality rate for those diagnosed is more than 80 percent. A significant factor in the grim statistic is the lack of early detection and easy misdiagnosis of symptoms. With early detection, about 94 percent will survive longer than five years after diagnosis. Currently, only 20 percent of ovarian cancer is caught early. In 2011, about 21,900 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States and about 15,460 deaths will occur.  It ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women.  (Source: American Cancer Society)

In establishing the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, Patrick inspired the critical quest for ovarian cancer research and awareness.  To attend the special preview screening of KUED’s celebration of Patrick’s life and work, call 801-585-3523 or email jvoland@kued.org. For a DVD of the documentary, contact Mary Dickson at 801-581-3263 or mdickson@kued.org

About the HERA Foundation:

The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit 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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