HERA Climbing to Beat Cancer

June 19, 2012

Climb4Life Colorado Raises Funds, Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

DENVERJune 18, 2012The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, expects more than 100 people to rock climb and hike around Boulder’s scenic crags and trails for its 6th Annual Climb4LifeSM Colorado this Friday and Saturday. Climb4Life, which kicks off Friday evening, brings women, men, ovarian cancer survivors, their families and outdoor enthusiasts together to rock climb, hike, practice yoga, participate in skills clinics and numerous other activities that empower women and drive awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

“Climb4Life is truly a one-of-a-kind event that we hope brings more awareness to ovarian cancer,” said Meg Steitz, executive director for the HERA Foundation. “The event is about more than rock climbing or being out on the trails. It’s about gaining strength, courage and self-confidence – qualities that can be applied to many of life’s challenges, including fighting cancer. Whether you’re a first-time climber or a veteran or whether you’ve been affected by ovarian cancer or not, anyone can join us this weekend for a weekend of hiking and climbing with the pros for an incredibly worthwhile cause.”

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 and numerous partners. The Climb4Life series includes events in Boston, Boulder, Colo., Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City. The events are fundamental in helping HERA accomplish its mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. 

Climb4Life Boulder, presented by the Boulder Rock Club and Colorado Mountain School, begins Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. with participant check-in and happy hour at the Silver Sage Common House. On Saturday, the day begins with yoga and breakfast at the Boulder Rock Club followed by hiking, rock climbing and skills clinics in various locations around Boulder. People can register through this Wednesday, June 20. To register, donate to a participant or for more information, visit http://herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com/c4l-colorado-2012/.

Through its Climb4Life series and other fundraising events, HERA commits more than 85 percent of the funds raised for scientific research and community grants, as well as education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 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. It ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women. 

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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