HERA events are fun, a place to learn new skills and challenge yourself.
A place to turn your passion into action to find a cure for ovarian cancer. Women, men, children and families – all abilities, all ages, all levels- are welcome!
The original Climb4LifeSM event was conceived in 2001, while HERA Founder, Sean Patrick was recovering from her seventh ovarian cancer surgery. She felt a rock-climbing event would put a different face on ovarian cancer and get people involved in the cause. Realizing The Climb4LifeSM would raise awareness in women who are healthy and active, Patrick saw greater potential: the event would enable women to be introduced to the sport of climbing, and it’s physical and mental benefits.
Since that first Climb for LifeSM HERA events have evolved to include climbing, running, hiking, biking, as well as other activities. The common element throughout our events is our ability to empower, educate, and make aware our audiences about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Each event provides a great stage for spreading information about ovarian cancer.
Run Like a Girl is an event that was designed to encourage young girls and women to become and/or continue to be active. The event, conceived by Mark Junkerman, is has now expanded into a series of events throughout the country, which Mark continues to direct.
This is a women’s only run, jog or walk which is held in various beautiful spots and is comprised of a 5 mile race, 5k fun run and 1 mile kids event. Mark invited the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation to collaborate with him and as a result of that collaboration these events help raise money and awareness for the HERA Foundation, educate women about ovarian cancer, as well as encourage girls and women to become and/or continue to be active.
Many individuals volunteer to organize and host community events that benefit the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation. These grassroots events raise awareness about ovarian cancer in fun, creative ways while raising money for HERA. Events range from cross country motorcycle rides like the MOCA Fundraiser to cocktail parties or birthday celebrations honoring important women that have touched our lives.