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September 14, 2010

September, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. What that means to me is that I need to go that extra mile to make as many women aware of ovarian cancer as possible. And, along the way it doesn’t hurt to make as many men aware of ovarian cancer also. We all have a vested interest in “stopping the loss of women to ovarian cancer” and should do all we can to get the word out; there are symptoms, and you need to be aware of them and help make others aware. It’s up to us to spread the word and save women’s lives.

HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Continues To Provide Support Of Ovarian Cancer Community

The 2010 HERA Community Grants have been selected and we are excited to announce four new community grant awards furthering our collaboration with ovarian cancer support organizations throughout the country. The 2010 winners are: CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group, Birmingham, AL; Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV; Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Denver, CO; and Women’s Cancer Awareness Group, Petaluma CA.

Their projects include: printing brochures with support information for the gynecological cancer patients and to provide other information for the gyn/onc patients and their care-givers; helping ovarian cancer survivors with basic needs such as transportation, prescription co-pays, and lab costs; providing additional posters for a bus campaign; initiating an ovarian cancer curriculum at the UC Denver School of Medicine; and recording stories of ovarian cancer survivors and family members in the community.

HERA OSB1 2010 Grants Go To…

In addition to HERA’s Community Grants, awarded to other ovarian cancer support organizations throughout the country in the amount of $1,000 each, HERA also awards OSBI Grants. These grants are awarded to young researchers considered to be thinking “outside the box” in their approach to research on ovarian cancer. This year’s winners, all residing at The Johns Hopkins University, are:

·  Bin Guan, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow from the department of Pathology, will use state-of-the-art technologies to characterize a gene, USP25, believed to play a role in ovarian cancer development.

·  Ana Tergas, M.D., a clinical fellow from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, will characterize the function of particular immune cells (NKT cells) and how they respond in ascites     from ovarian cancer.

·  Okey Ibeanu, M.D., M.P.H., a clinical fellow on the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service, will study sexual dysfunction following primary surgery for ovarian cancer.

Climbing Into Fall With The 9th Annual Climb4Life Utah

The 9th Annual HERA Foundation’s Climb4Life Utah kicks off on Thursday, September 16th running through Sunday, September 19th.   Climb4Life Utah remains our signature event and this year’s event will step it up another notch.

There is still time to join us in Salt Lake City for climbing, hiking, or trail running. Register by going to www.herafoundation.org and follow the link to Climb4Life Utah. If you cannot join us, we invite you to make a donation to support someone you know who is participating, or just because you want to support ovarian cancer research.

We Climb With A Little Help From Our Friends, & Sponsors

We are supported by many great companies, which make it possible for us to offer events like our Climb4Life Series. These sponsors are invested in supporting HERA’s approach of using, both literally and figuratively, climbing, running, and hiking, as ways to empower ourselves, to be more aware, and to take control of our health. The skills these activities provide are invaluable in dealing with and moving through cancer or supporting those who are.

Please help us thank our sponsors by supporting them and purchasing their great products whenever possible. They are:

2010 HERA Womens’s Cancer Foundation Sponsors


Black Diamond

McKinley (Denali)


Boulder Rock Club

Montrail/Mountain Hardware


Climbing Magazine (Media Partner)

Urban Climber (Media Partner)

Women’s Adventure Magazine (Media Partner)


Fox River



Stonewear Designs

Williamson Printing

Longs Peak


BlueWater Ropes

Graceful Edge


La Sportiva

Mad Rock



Mountain Khaki’s

North Face




Adventure Films

Bonnie’s Balm



Forte Creative Media



Guyot Designs

Kinghorn Visual

Liberty Heights Fresh

Millcreek Coffee

Misty Murphy

Momentum Climbing Gym

Outdoor Utah (Media Partner)




Sea to Summit

The Access Fund

The Front


Utah Mtn Adventures

In addition to our sponsors we are supported by our Partners in Action who collaborate with HERA in two ways: they put the HERA “symptoms hang tag” on a product(s) that specifically supports HERA through a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the product. This program provides HERA the opportunity to spread the word about the symptoms of ovarian cancer to thousands upon thousands of individuals through these “symptoms hang tags.” Please check out our PIA partners at www.herafoundation.org. When you support them you have the added bonus of supporting HERA’s work.

Under Construction: New Website On The Horizon

We are very excited to be designing, building, and preparing to launch our new website. The new site will not only provide ovarian cancer information and resources, it will provide a way to share information and ideas via our Action Hero Survivor stories and an ovarian cancer blog. We are scheduled to be completed this fall so stay tuned.

Please Welcome Our Newest Member Of The HERA Board of Directors

Carol Dalrymple has recently joined the board of directors for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation. Carol lives and works in the Salt Lake City area and we are delighted to have her on board. Carol works in the public radio arena in Utah and we welcome her expertise in the communications field and her commitment to helping HERA further its goal of finding a cure for ovarian cancer.

Run Like A Girl On The Move

That’s right, we want you to run like a girl. The popular Run Like A Girl 5k Series is under way with two upcoming events in October. The HERA Foundation is very fortunate to be a beneficiary of these events and receives a portion of the proceeds raised. Check out the upcoming event dates and locations at our website, www.herafoundation.org. A great way to get out there for a run or walk and support a great cause.

Seeking Dynamic Individual

The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is looking for an executive director. If you are, or know of, a dynamic individual with experience in the non-profit health sector, please check out the complete job description at our website, www.herafoundation.org, and follow the link to “Executive Director Search.”

Thank you and enjoy the cooler days!

Please consider a donation to the HERA Foundation and support our work to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer. It’s easy, click here, www.herafoundation.org, which will direct you to the HERA Foundation website allowing you to make a safe and secure online donation, or mail a check if you prefer.  Just click the “donate” button, then “make a gift now” and you are on your way to helping save women’s lives in just three simple steps. Also please review the symptoms of ovarian cancer on the HERA site and share with friends. If you have any questions please write to info@herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com or call (970) 948-7360. Thank you!

Mailing Address:
HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 6147
Denver, CO 80206

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