HERA Presents C4L UT 2012

September 7, 2012

Climb4Life Brings People Together for Rock Climbing, Hiking to Fight Ovarian Cancer

DENVERSept. 6, 2012The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, presents its 11th Annual Climb4LifeSM Utah Sept. 14-16 in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City. The weekend event, hosted by Black Diamond, brings together women, men, ovarian cancer survivors, their families and outdoor enthusiasts for a weekend of rock climbing, hiking, outdoor photography workshops and numerous other activities that empower women and drive awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

The Climb4LifeSM 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 throughout the country. The Climb4LifeSM series also includes events in Boston, Boulder, Colo., and Washington, D.C. 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 Utah, now in its 11th year, is our longest running event in the series,” said Meg Steitz, executive director for the HERA Foundation. “Climb4Life is about more than climbing, hiking or the outdoors. It’s about problem solving, risk taking and confidence – skills that can be applied to many of life’s challenges, including fighting cancer. Whether you’ve been touched by ovarian cancer or not, we welcome anyone to join us for Climb4Life Utah. The camaraderie, community, and power experienced during the weekend, while raising funds for ovarian cancer, are unmatched!”

Climb4Life Utah participants will climb and hike throughout the weekend with professional guides from Utah Mountain Adventures and SPLORE. Groups are broken up by ability, ensuring that all participants stay challenged and sharpen their skills. Climb4Life also offers special activities for families with children, including a half-day climb and indoor climbing. Brand new this year, Climb4Life will offer a photography track for participants interested in perfecting their photography skills alongside professional photographers, videographers and trainers. The event kicks off on Friday evening with registration from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with all rock climbing, hiking and photography activities starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m. To register or for more information, visit http://herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com/c4l-utah-2012/.

Through its Climb4Life series and other fundraising events, HERA commits more than 88 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 15 percent of ovarian cancer is caught early.

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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