Registration Open for Climb4LifeSM Washington, DC

June 8, 2012

Registration Opens for HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation 7th Annual Climb4LifeSM Metro DC

Fundraising Series Heads to DC Area July 13-15 to Help Fight Ovarian Cancer

DENVERJune 7, 2012The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, has opened registration for its 7th Annual Climb4Life Metro DC, taking place July 13-15. The weekend event features rock climbing, hiking and biking in Carderock, Md. and Great Falls, Va., as well as other activities for empowering women and their families while raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. HERA invites women, men and children of all ages, abilities and skill levels to register online at:

Climb4Life Metro DC participants will climb, hike and mountain bike along the scenic Potomac River throughout the weekend with professional athletes and guides. They will also have the opportunity to participate in outdoor skills clinics, a yoga session, gear giveaways, awards ceremony and silent auction and the Climb4Life Celebration at Glenview Manor in Rockville, Md.

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 is fundamental in helping HERA accomplish its mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. 

“Sean Patrick believed the skills women learn while climbing – problem solving, risk taking and self-confidence – can be applied to overcoming almost any challenge, including fighting cancer,” said Meg Steitz, executive director for the HERA Foundation. “We’re proud to carry on her legacy for the seventh year in the Washington, D.C.-area and invite climbers, hikers and bikers of all levels, cancer survivors, their friends and families, and those just looking to enjoy a weekend outdoors to join us and make a difference.”

Through its 2012 Climb4Life series, HERA aims to raise more than $100,000 for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives. The organization commits 88 percent of the funds raised for scientific research and community grants, as well as education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer.

The remaining 2012 HERA Climb4LifeSM series events are:

June 22-23 – 6th Annual Climb4Life Colorado – Boulder, CO

July 13-15 – 7th Annual Climb4Life Metro DC – Washington, DC

September 14-16 – 11th Annual Climb4Life Utah – Salt Lake City, UT

Registration for Climb4Life Metro DC is open through July 9 for $50. All registrations include a commemorative event shirt, goodie bag, entrance to the registration social, climbing, biking or hiking activities, and the Climb4Life Celebration at Glenview Manor. Participants and volunteers are encouraged to raise a minimum of $250, with awards going to the top fundraisers and fundraising team. Registration For more information, visit

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

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