RLaG Receives Power of One Award

November 15, 2013

HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Honors RunRideRace with

2013 Power of One Award

DENVER – Nov. 13, 2013 The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, honored RunRideRace of Richmond, Va., with its 2013 Power of One Award. The award recognizes one company or individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to HERA. RunRideRace produces numerous running and cycling events on the East Coast including Run Like a Girl, a series of womens-only run and walk events that aim to increase awareness, education and funds for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation and its mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer.

Run Like a Girl was founded in 2008 by Mark Junkermann who lost his mother to ovarian cancer. Today, Run Like a Girl events attract hundreds of women each year to four run/walk races in Virginia and North Carolina. A portion of each Run Like a Girl entry is donated to HERA along with funds raised by participants. Since 2008, RunRideRace has raised more than $75,000 for HERA through its Run Like a Girl series.
“RunRideRace has been a steadfast supporter of HERA for the last five years,” said Meg Steitz, executive director of HERA. “The Run Like a Girl events really capture what HERA is all about – empowerment, strength and health. The series is an excellent way to reach a new audience of runners, drive awareness of ovarian cancer and fund research to help fight the disease. We are so grateful to the wonderful people of RunRideRace for their involvement and support, and are honored to present them with the Power of One Award this year.”

HERA Founder Sean Patrick created the Power of One Award to recognize an individual or company that furthered HERA’s mission. According to Patrick, “We all have the power within us to change the world in a positive way. It just takes one idea, one individual, one scientist, one company or one community to make a difference in the world. That’s the power of one.”

“We were all so surprised and honored to receive the Power of One award,” said Mark Junkermann. “We’ve enjoyed our relationship with HERA and are very connected to the cause. It is really the power of thousands though! Without all the amazing women that participate we couldn’t do what we do. Run Like A Girl has plans to spread the word even more in 2014 by adding a couple of new venues. We look forward to a continued partnership with the HERA Foundation.”

Samantha Lockwood, president of the HERA Board, recently presented the award to Mark and Gina Junkermann at the race in Virginia Beach, Va.  Past recipients of the Power of One Award include:  Tyson Bradley and Julie Faure of Utah Mountain Adventures, John Evans of Petzl, Stephanie Forte of Forte Creative Media, Peter Metcalf of Black Diamond and Scott Paramski.

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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