HERA Announces 2013 Community Grant Recipients

September 11, 2013

Five Organizations Awarded Funding for Ovarian Cancer Programs and Events

DENVERSept. 12, 2013The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, awarded its 2013 Community Grants to five organizations nationwide working to improve quality of life for women with ovarian cancer or raise awareness of the disease in novel and unusual ways. HERA awarded five $1,000 grants to Cancer Family Care in Columbus, Ohio; the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. in New York, N.Y.; Hope Connections for Cancer Support in Bethesda, Md.; the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation in Birmingham, Ala.; and, Support Connections in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

“In addition to supporting cutting-edge research grants, HERA embraces projects to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and its symptoms in communities across the country,” said Meg Steitz, executive director of HERA. “We are proud to partner with these five organizations as they work to support and empower women undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer and improve awareness among women who are healthy.”

The 2013 Community Grant recipients include:

  • Cancer Family Care of Columbus, Ohio will provide free massage to ovarian cancer patients.
  • Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. in New York, N.Y. will disseminate bilingual Greek and English culturally appropriate materials to inform the Greek community about ovarian cancer.
  • Hope Connections for Cancer Support of Bethesda, Md. will provide a professional therapist to facilitate their ovarian cancer support group for survivors and their loved ones.
  • Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation of Birmingham, Ala. will distribute 5,000 reusable tote bags during the month of September (Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month) containing information to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
  • Support Connections in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. will offer a special educational teleconference for women with ovarian cancer as part of their “Tune In and Take Charge” awareness campaign in September.

Through its Community Grants Program, HERA has awarded more than $48,000 and supported more than 35 programs since 2002 that have included development of advertising campaigns, promotional materials, support groups, educational conferences and events, and therapeutic and outreach services for women with ovarian cancer. For more information about the program, past winners, eligibility and application details, visit the website.

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.

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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