A Lesson in Volunteering

October 18, 2012

Mealey PhotoHannah Mealey is a fantastic climber and super fundraiser for HERA’s Climb4Life Utah event. For the past two years, she has climbed with us (she climbs 5.8-5.10’s), and raised funds for us. A few weeks ago, though, she contacted HERA and volunteered to represent us at an ovarian cancer run in Salt Lake City. With brochures, symptom cards, stickers, and teal wristbands in hand, Hannah went to the Fallen in Chocolate 5K, a run that raised funds for Kalina Clegg, a 22 year old woman recently diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer; you can read Kalina’s story here. Hannah talked with so many people at the event, she ran out of materials, but she raised $71 which she donated to the Clegg family to help with Kalina’s medical expenses.

So, what makes this story so incredible? Hannah is twelve years old. She is HERA’s youngest Ambassador, and she knows the importance of raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. HERA’s Ambassador program helps us have a presence in communities around the country. These dedicated volunteers turn their passion into action to support our mission and help save women’s lives. It’s all about outreach, and it’s all about Hannah. This beautiful young lady is setting an example, teaching all of us an important lesson about volunteering in our communities.

Thank you, Hannah, for giving your time, sharing your smile, and spending a Saturday helping HERA raise awareness. You’re the best, and we couldn’t do it without you!



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  1. October 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Joyce says:

    What a wonderful young lady!

  2. October 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Samantha says:

    Yeah Hanna! Thank you for your work, we’re so proud of you!!!

  3. October 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    hilary says:

    this is awesome!! way to go Hannah!

  4. October 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Karen says:

    What an amazing gift this little lady is!! To find a passion for climbing and a voice to share knowledge with others at such an early age is truly AMAZING!! You inspire me!!!

  5. October 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Wayne and Marilyn Kile says:

    Great work Hannah! We have also had opportunity to check out some of your climbing pics. Your friends and relatives are very proud of you.

  6. September 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Trudy says:

    I just stumbled across this almost a year later. So sad I didn’t find it sooner. Hannah is an exceptional young lady and I would be so sad as Kalina’s mom not to thank her for all of her hard work at the Fallen in Chocolate 5k. She sat for the whole race. We need more people like her to get the word out about this horrible disease. You are never too young to get the disease and never too young to help battle it.
    I am proud of you Hannah and eternally grateful for pitching in at the race.

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