HERA Awards 2014 Community Grants

August 29, 2014

HERA Foundation Announces 2014 Community Grant Recipients

Five Organizations Awarded Funding for Ovarian Cancer Programs and Events

DENVERAug. 29, 2014The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, has awarded its 2014 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 unique ways.

Each organization was awarded $1,000 to support our collective goal of promoting health, empowerment, research, and awareness, through their own outstanding efforts. Congratulations to this year’s HERA Community Grant recipients:

  • The Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundationof Birmingham, Ala., will promote ovarian cancer awareness through their State of Teal campaign by lighting prominent buildings and landmarks in teal across Alabama.
  • The National Ovarian Cancer Coalitionin Irvine, Calif., will provide Faces of Hope teal totes to newly-diagnosed ovarian cancer patients.
  • Support Connectionin Yorktown Heights, N.Y., will provide an educational webinar for women with ovarian cancer as part of their “Tune In and Take Charge” awareness campaign during the month of September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Ovar’coming Togetherof Indianapolis, Ind., will provide updated educational materials to newly-diagnosed ovarian cancer patients in their HOPE packets.
  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institutein Knoxville, Tenn., will provide ovarian cancer patients in the Appalachian service area with gasoline gift cards to use for transportation to treatment centers, physicians’ offices and diagnostic testing sights.

“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.”

Through its Community Grants Program, HERA has awarded more than $53,000 and supported nearly 40 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, please visit our 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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