Bostonians Climb Together to Fight Cancer at 2nd Annual Climb4Life
HERA Foundation and MetroRock Boston Team Up to Raise Funds for Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness
The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation<http://www.herafoundation.org/>, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, will present its 2nd Annual Climb4LifeSM Boston March 2-3 at the MetroRock Climbing Center<http://www.metrorock.com/> in Everett, Mass. This one-of-a-kind event brings together beginner and expert climbers, ovarian cancer survivors, their families and supporters, and those simply seeking a new adventure to rock climb, raise funds for ovarian cancer research and drive awareness of the signs and symptoms of the deadly disease. Climb4LifeSM Boston is open to people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. To register, visit http://www.herafoundation.org/c4l-boston-2013/
Climb4LifeSM Boston is part of a national series that raises money for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives. The weekend kicks off with the HERA House Party on Saturday, March 2, from 4 to 10 p.m., for an exclusive climbing adventure at MetroRock. Sunday will feature the main event when participants can tackle MetroRock’s indoor climbing walls or amazing ropes course plus yoga, food, music and fun. Registration is open through March 1 at noon for $35. Participants and volunteers are encouraged to raise a minimum of $250, with awards going to the top fundraisers and fundraising team.
“Our mission is to spread awareness of ovarian cancer and help find a cure, as well as support the women and their families who are already battling this disease,” said Meg Steitz, HERA’s executive director. “This is the second year for Climb4Life Boston, and we are committed to growing the event and increasing its impact in the Boston area each year. It's our mission to let everyone – women, girls and the men who love them – know what's at stake.”
According to the American Cancer Society<http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-key-statistics>, one in 71 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. In 2012, about 22,280 women received a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and about 15,500 women died from the disease. With early detection, about 94 percent will survive longer than five years after diagnosis. Currently, however, only 20 percent of ovarian cancer is caught early. It ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women and accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
The Climb4LifeSM<http://youtu.be/Xvh8teuN3Sw> 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 national program attracting hundreds of participants and numerous partners each year. The Climb4LifeSM series includes events in Boston, Boulder, Colo., Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. The events are fundamental in helping HERA accomplish its mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness.
Of the funds raised through Climb4LifeSM and other initiatives, 88 percent provides for HERA’s programs such as its scientific research and community grants, as well as other education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer. For more information, visit www.herafoundation.org
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
Stacey Sepp, APR
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