HERA Raising Awareness in September

August 28, 2012

HERA Supporters Finding Unique Ways to Urge Ovarian Cancer Awareness

People Mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by Racing All Night,  Shaving Their Heads, Rock Climbing, and more

DENVERAugust 28, 2012 – September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and people throughout Colorado and across the country are joining the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, to raise awareness of the deadly disease in unconventional ways. HERA supporters are running, rock climbing and even shaving their heads to urge more awareness of ovarian cancer this September. Events include:

  • Climb4LifeSM Salt Lake City – The 11th Annual Climb4Life Salt Lake City is September 14-15. Climb4Life, HERA’s signature fundraising event, is a weekend of rock climbing and hiking for all ages and skill levels – all with the purpose of bringing more awareness to ovarian cancer.
  • Ragnar Relay Series Petzl, leaders in climbing equipment and Hands Free® Lighting, donated entries to all 15 Ragnar Relay races to the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation. The Ragnar Relay Series is the nation’s leading overnight endurance relay race. The HERA Ragnar entries are sold out, and with additional fundraising by the race teams, this strategy is set to raise over $20,000 annually for HERA. Petzl has been one of HERA’s most generous and long-standing partners, and the Ragnar entries present a unique opportunity to raise funds to fight ovarian cancer.

Ragnar Colorado, taking place September 7-8, will start in Breckenridge and finish in Aspen/Snowmass. The HERA team, the Honey Badgers, will race around the clock for two days to complete 200 miles across Colorado’s mountainous terrain.

  • Hair4HERA – To raise awareness of ovarian cancer and salute women fighting the disease, Briann Zimmerman, a member of HERA’s board of directors, is shaving her head when she reaches her fundraising goal of $2,500. People can donate at https://givingfirst.org/hair4hera.
  • Run Like a Girl – The first-ever Run Like a Girl race in Durango is September 8. The race is a women-only 4.5-mile walk, jog, or run to help raise awareness of and eliminate cancer. Proceeds benefit HERA. 
  • Wear Teal Day – Teal is the signature color for ovarian cancer awareness. Friday, Sept. 7 is Wear Teal Day for survivors and anyone else supportive of the cause.

One in 71 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime and the fatality rate for those diagnosed is more than 80 percent. A significant factor in this statistic is the lack of early detection and easy misdiagnosis of symptoms. With early detection and increased awareness of the signs and symptoms, about 94 percent will survive longer than five years after diagnosis.

HERA urges women and their families to know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which include: abdominal pressure, bloating or discomfort; nausea, indigestion or gas; urinary frequency, constipation, or diarrhea; abnormal bleeding; unusual fatigue; unexplained weight loss or gain; and shortness of breath. If symptoms persist for more than two to three weeks, see a healthcare professional. For more information, click here.

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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