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It was a six-digit weekend for climbers in Salt Lake City September 13 – 16, 2007 as women, men and kids from around the U.S. gathered for the 6th Annual HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb4Life. Hosted by Black Diamond Climbing Equipment, the four-day climbing extravaganza pulled in over $100,000 in cash. Total donations to the non-profit including gear, food and beverage totaled over $250,000.
Funds raised by climbers will be used to award the HERA OSB1 Grant that supports ovarian cancer researchers with progressive ideas at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD and MD Anderson in Houston, TX. Funds also support ovarian cancer education and the HERA Community Grants program that funds local ovarian cancer groups.
In addition to cranking, stretching and dancing, participants that raised over $750.00 took home big prizes in the giant gear raffle, well stocked with ropes, harnesses, clothes and gear from HERA’s sponsors. Top fundraisers included Lara Usinowicz, Marci Reardon James Nice and Samantha Lockwood. Guides from Exum Utah taught beginner climbing clinics while many volunteer pro-climbers like Chris Lindner, Katie Brown, Alli Rainey, Heidi Wirtz, and Joe Kinder spent two days climbing with participants.
Petzl was honored with the HERA Foundation’s 2007 Power of One award. Last year Petzl released the turquoise anodize HERAbiner; one dollar of every sale is donated to the non-profit.
For more information on HERA and upcoming Climb4Life events visit www.herafoundation.org.