Fifth Annual HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb for Life Salt Lake City Raises Over $134,000
The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation raised just over $134,000 for ovarian cancer research at their fifth annual Ovarian Cancer Climb for Life in Salt Lake City. The four-day rock climbing fundraising event, held September 14 – 17, attracted women, men, and children of all ages and climbing ability levels from 20 different states. HERA donates at least 85 percent of the money raised to ovarian cancer research and education. In some years that number has been as high as 95 percent.
This year’s top fundraisers are: 1. Marci Reardon, Los Angeles, CA — $11,100.002. Lara Usinowicz, Denver, CO — $8,300.003. Samantha Lockwood, Philadelphia, PA — $7,530.95
Professional climbers who volunteered time included Chris Lindner, Eric Scully, Nate Gold, Will Gadd, Lisa Rands, Kitty Calhoun, Katie Brown, Kate Rutherford, Alli Rainey, and many more. Tammy Trenta of the Apprentice Season 5 attended the event; she now chairs HERA’s Women’s Health Initiative. Misty Murphy, a local Salt Lake City musician and climber who recently finished recording her second CD in New York City, entertained during the Thursday evening Hang Time event.
"The achievements of HERA go beyond its astounding ability to raise money for ovarian cancer research," says Rainey. "The event shows the world how to turn an activity like climbing that in and of itself is for the most part purely selfish into something that benefits thousands upon thousands of people, climbers and non-climbers alike."
During the event, HERA presented Climbing Magazine with their 2006 Power of One award. The Power of One represents HERA’s belief that it takes just one person, one idea, or one company to make a difference in the world. Climbing has been HERA’s media sponsor since the non-profit organization’s inception in 2002. Past winners of the Power of One Award include:
2005 Stephanie Forte – Principal, Forte Creative Media, Las Vegas, NV
2004 Peter Metcalf – CEO, Black Diamond Climbing Equipment, Salt Lake City, UT
“This is a tremendous effort on behalf of the climbing community,” says Sean Patrick, an ovarian cancer survivor and founder of the HERA Foundation. “Aside from attending and raising money, 100 people volunteered their time and countless outdoor industry businesses made donations so that we can help find a solution to this deadly disease.”
The HERA Foundation is a registered 501 (c) 3, whose mission is to stop the loss of mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and girlfriends from ovarian cancer by empowering women to take control of their health, empowering the medical community to find new directions in ovarian cancer research and empowering communities to provide support. For more information visit www.herafoundation.org. Comment on this story