Real Men Wear Teal

October 3, 2014

Our good friends at Sportrock Climbing Center in Alexandria, VA helped raise awareness about ovarian cancer at their “Feel the Teal” event on October 2.  Folks lined up for manicures and pedicures, bought some cool swag, and made donations to HERA.  What a fun event!  Even the guys got involved because ovarian cancer affects them, too.  Check it out:

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Melody Vo Teaches Yoga at C4L CA

August 18, 2014

Melody VoWe have an incredible person teaching yoga at our Climb4Life CA, just one more fabulous component to the weekend!  Melody Vo is a certified instructor with a personal connection to ovarian cancer.  She grew up dancing, but gave it up when she became fully devoted to her studies while at UCLA. Unfortunately, a Mechanical Engineering degree didn’t give her much time to focus on taking care of herself. Muscle loss, neglected joint problems, and heavy coffee intake were just a few of the brutalities of college life. Upon entering into the real world, Melody realized she needed to make up for lost time and offset her 40-hour week desk job. She fell in love with yoga, and soon after discovered climbing! Climbing was an instant hit, but she found that too much climbing and not enough yoga would reawaken old injuries. Melody became a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor in 2013 to better take care of herself and share her love of yoga with others.  She continues to struggle with her Hobbit-like reach, but at least rarely has trouble getting a high foot.

Her connection to HERA

I’m so overjoyed to be part of HERA’s Climb4Life Event! It means a lot to me to be part of this event and to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. My mama, Minhlang Vo, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the Fall of 2006. At the time, I was only 17, and didn’t really understand what “Stage 4″ meant. To me, my mother was invincible, and was sure to recover. But unfortunately life isn’t always like the movies, and my mama passed in the Spring of 2008. Looking back, I will always remember my mother for being a strong (albeit sometimes stubborn) woman. She was a fighter, stood up for what was right, and always took care of those she loved. As I am growing older, I’m so proud to find myself becoming more like her. Even though her fight in this world is over, it’s time for me to become a fighter too.

Join us at Climb4Life CA at Sender One Sept. 12-13 and learn from Melody.  Register here:  C4L CA 2014.


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Check Out the Pros!

August 7, 2014

Sarah Pearce photo

HERA is launching a new Climb4Life weekend in California hosted by Sender One Climbing. The weekend features lots of climbing, plus yoga, bouldering clinics, prizes, giveaways, and silent auction. We’ve got Mad Rock pros Sarah Pearce and Natalie Duran (also an American Ninja Warrior!) and Adidas pro Natalie Josefsberg who’ll be on hand to chat, provide tips, and cheer on our climbers.

Sarah Pearce is a 16-year-old nationally-ranked boulderer from Southern California. She placed second at Youth Nationals and has been a member of the USA Youth National Climbing Team. From an early age she has been consumed by climbing and a love of the outdoors. Her favorite areas are Bishop, The Brickyard, Horse Flats, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite.  She will lead our Advanced bouldering clinic, along with Natalie Duran.

Natalie Josefsberg has placed 21 times in both SCS and ABS competitions since 2007, and is basically undefeated in California for 9 years.  She will teach our Beginner bouldering clinic.

Natalie Josefsberg Photo

Fundraising Incentives We have some super prizes for those of you who really go big on fundraising. Raise $2,500 and you receive a BlueWater climbing rope. Raise $5,000 and you receive a rope + an Arc’Teryx pack. Raise $10,000 and you receive a super prize. Challenge yourself!

Virtual Climbing Can’t make it to Santa Ana? Sign up as a virtual climber and help our cause. Click on Register Here and get signed up as if you were going to be there. Then, look for the My Climbing Experience dropdown, select the last option, and you’re good to go. It’s an easy way to help HERA reach our goal! Register now and join your fellow climbers help stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer:  Do it for all the women in your life.

Natalie Duran


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