HERA Presents 7th Annual Climb4LifeSM CO

June 17, 2013

HERA Foundation Presents 7th Annual Climb4LifeSM Colorado on June 22

Coloradans Take Novel Approach to Fighting Ovarian Cancer Through Rock Climbing

DENVERJune 11, 2013The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, will lead dozens of rock climbers and hikers through Boulder Canyon for its 7th Annual Climb4Life Colorado on Saturday, June 22 starting at 7:30 a.m. Climb4Life 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 to rock climb, hike and raise funds for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives. Registration is open through June 20 for $75 at http://herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com/c4l-colorado-2013/.

“Ovarian cancer is a very serious, yet under-recognized threat to women’s health,” said Meg Steitz, executive director for the HERA Foundation. “Through Climb4Life, we raise money that goes directly to much-needed research grants for ovarian cancer and unique awareness programs to help more women know the signs and symptoms of the disease. Through awareness and research, we are fighting this ‘silent killer’ and encouraging women to pay attention to their bodies, speak up when something isn’t right, and be their own advocates when it comes to their health.”

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 $100,000 for ovarian cancer research and awareness programs in 2013.

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 Colorado, presented by the Boulder Rock Club and Colorado Mountain School, kicks off on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Boulder Rock Club. Registration includes climbing or hiking with the pros, climbing gear, skills clinics and “Learn to Climb” class for beginners, entry to the Summit Party at the historic Eldorado Springs Pool and Resort, goodie bag, t-shirt and much more. To register, donate to a participant or for more information, visit http://herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com/c4l-colorado-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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