HERA Presents 12th Annual C4L UT 2013

August 27, 2013

Join HERA’s Largest and Longest-Running Event to Fight Ovarian Cancer

DENVERAug. 19, 2013The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, presents its 12th Annual Climb4Life Utah Sept. 13-15 in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City. Climb4Life Utah, hosted by Black Diamond, is a one-of-a-kind fundraising event that brings ovarian cancer survivors, their families and friends, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, abilities and skill levels together for rock climbing, hiking and outdoor photography to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives. Registration for Climb4Life Utah is open through September 9 for $75 at http://herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com/c4l-utah-2013/.

“Twelve years ago, HERA Founder Sean Patrick started Climb4Life in Salt Lake City with the vision of putting a different face on ovarian cancer – one of health, strength and empowerment,” said Meg Steitz, executive director for the HERA Foundation. “For 12 years, we’ve been inspired by the Salt Lake City community who has come together year after year to celebrate Sean’s life, and to keep fighting ovarian cancer, which continues to take far too many lives each year. Climb4Life Utah has become our longest running and largest event of the series, and we’re looking forward to our best event yet in Salt Lake!”

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 and REI. With events in Boston, Boulder, Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City, HERA aims to raise more than $125,000 to fund ovarian cancer science grants and community grants this year alone.

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 Utah kicks off on Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. with drinks & hors d’oeuvres at Café Trio for all event participants to meet and pick up their goodie bags. Groups will meet at Black Diamond Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to climb, hike or shoot photos. Click here for a full event schedule. Registration includes climbing, hiking or outdoor photography guided by the pros, climbing gear, entry to the Summit Party at Black Diamond, goodie bag, t-shirt and much more. To register, donate to a participant or for more information, visit http://herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com/c4l-utah-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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