Community Grants  :  Grants Awarded

The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation has supported many community organizations since 2002.

  • 2013:  Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation (Birmingham, AL) will distribute 5000 reusable tote bags during the month of September containing information to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
  • 2013:  Support Connections (Yorktown Heights, NY) will offer a special educational teleconference for women with ovarian cancer as part of their “Tune In and Take Charge” awareness campaign in September.
  • 2013:  Hope Connections for Cancer Support (Bethesda, MD) will provide a professional therapist to facilitate their ovarian cancer support group for survivors and their loved ones.
  • 2013:  Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society (New York, NY) will disseminate bi-lingual Greek and English culturally appropriate materials to inform the Greek community about ovarian cancer.
  • 2013:  Cancer Family Care (Cincinnati, OH) will provide free massage to ovarian cancer patients.
  • 2012:  Mautner Project (Washington, DC) created and distributed culturally competent print and web-based educational materials to raise awareness of ovarian cancer risk among lesbian, bisexual women, and transgender individuals.
  • 2012:  Co-sponsored of the Ovarian Cancer Summit (Denver, CO) on September 15, 2012 at the University of Denver for survivors and their caregivers to learn from prominent national speakers on such topics as research advancements, genetic testing, nutrition, coping and healing.
  • 2012:  Teal Toes (Bethesda, MD) distributed packets to top nail salons in each state during the month of September to raise awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and encourage teal pedicures for women and men.
  • 2012:  Women’s Cancer Awareness Group (Petaluma, CA) presented a “virtual tea” for women to sit down at the same time in their own homes to drink a cup of tea while they learn the symptoms of ovarian cancer; virtual tea packages include a symptom card and a package of mint tea.
  • 2011:  Hope for Heather (Liverpool, NY) purchased a billboard to raise awareness about ovarian cancer symptoms and resources as part of their “Tell a Woman” initiative during September for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
  • 2011:  Ovar’coming Together (Indianapolis, IN) used the funding to update materials contained in their HOPE Packets that are provided to newly-diagnosed ovarian cancer patients.
  • 2011:  Sharsheret (Teaneck, NJ) developed a genetics poster education campaign and printed resource materials to educate women of Ashkenazi descent who may have an increased genetic risk of ovarian cancer.
  • 2011:  Support Connection, Inc. (Yorktown Heights, NY) supported an outreach and educational program targeting nurses and nursing students to bring personal ovarian cancer education to local nursing schools and hospitals.
  • 2011:  Women’s Cancer Awareness Group (Petaluma, CA) used the funding to support their “Turn Petaluma Teal” project on Friday, September 2 to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
  • 2010: CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group (Birmingham AL) printed brochures with support information for gynecological cancer patients and their care-givers.
  • 2010: Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (Denver CO) initiated an ovarian cancer curriculum at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and record stories of ovarian cancer survivors and family members in the community.
  • 2010: Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Nevada (Las Vegas NV) started the Thriving Survivor Fund, which will help ovarian cancer survivors with basic needs such as transportation, prescription co-pays, and lab costs.
  • 2010: Women’s Cancer Awareness Group (Petaluma CA) produced posters for a bus campaign and other educational promotions for their 2010 TEAL Time program.
  • 2010, 2009, and 2008: The Support Connection of Yorktown Heights NY holds an annual toll-free teleconference for women with ovarian cancer. In 2010, the guest speaker was Dr. Thomas J. Herzog, MD, the Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Columbia University Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. The 2009 program “Don’t Face it Alone: An Educational Teleconference for Women Living with Ovarian Cancer” was a unique support group which was subsequently evaluated for effectiveness, servicing 45 women during 169 contacts.
  • 2009, 2005, and 2003: Funds were provided to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Nevada in Las Vegas. OCAN organized a wellness program for women with reproductive cancers, a wellness day, and more recently, developed new ovarian cancer-related programs.
  • 2008: Toledo Hospital in Ohio started an innovative program to determine the effects of massage on stress hormone levels in response to studies indicate that the higher levels of cortisol causes ovarian cancer to proliferate more rapidly. Cortisol levels in 160 ovarian cancer patients served by this facility were followed, facilitated by HERA.
  • 2008: The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida in Longwood was supported to translate ovarian cancer awareness materials in Spanish and to attend Latina health and wellness festivals in Central Florida.
  • 2007: Woman-to-Woman, a support group at the University of Utah Department of Gynecologic Oncology in Salt Lake City was started by HERA to provide outreach services for women with ovarian cancer.
  • 2007: Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky in Lexington provides services and raises awareness for ovarian cancer. A grant from HERA was used to educate healthcare providers (gynecologists, nurse practitioners, and health departments) with a packet of information and face-to-face meetings.
  • 2007: The organization, EASE, which provides services in rural North Central Washington State, developed innovative educational programs and enhanced services for ovarian cancer patients and their primary care providers.
  • 2007: Ovar’ Coming Together, an organization that serves the State of Indiana, received a grant for inclusion of a book in their HOPE packets for ovarian cancer patients.
  • 2007: Women’s Cancer Advocacy Network from Glen Allen VA, an organization that runs free clinics in Appalachia, received funds to raise ovarian cancer awareness among underserved and rural populations with limited access to healthcare.
  • 2006: SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer received funds from HERA to launch a teleconference support group for women under 40 with ovarian cancer.
  • 2006: the Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California received support to disburse literature with the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer in Spanish and English at three events throughout the Los Angeles area.
  • 2006: R.O.A.R. Responsible Ovarian Awareness Required! of South Central Pennsylvania hung posters with the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer in five York metropolitan bus stations. Over 300,000 people passed that information while they were posted.
  • 2005: Nicki’s circle developed ovarian cancer support groups for women in Denver CO.
  • 2004: The Women’s Wilderness Institute in Boulder CO received a grant to create a five-day program for women battling cancer.
  • 2004: A similar grant to provide immediate assistance to women undergoing treatment OU Medical Center at HOPE, Oklahoma.
  • 2004, 2003, 2002: The HERA Valley Cancer Support Fund provided support through the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation. HERA helped to pay for light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, childcare, travel expenses, utility bills and other assistance on special request. Grants were awarded to seven rural communities on Colorado’s Western slope to empower women undergoing treatment.
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