Flying Pigs and HERA Climb4Life

January 29, 2015

If you’ve ever come to a Climb4Life, or just been part of HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation for a while, you’ve probably heard the name “Stanley.” He’s coveted, he’s contested, and he’s cherished.

You’ve heard the lore before, but, just who is Stanley anyway?

Stanley_in_his_new_homeThe Stanley Award was created by HERA founder, Sean Patrick. When she started Climb4Life in 2002, she was told that people would donate to a rock climbing event when pigs flew. Thirteen years later, the Climb4Life events are still going strong by raising lots of funds to eliminate ovarian cancer through scientific research while also raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

And, Stanley, the flying pig award? He’s still going strong, too. The top fundraising team at the Climb4Life weekends get to take Stanley home, and the competition is fierce!

With our 2015 Climb4Life Series gearing up for an all-time awesome year and Climb4Life Boston just around the corner…it is time for you to start thinking about pulling together your team to strategize on how to raise the most funds and bring Stanley home.

Who’s going to be the top fundraising team at the 2015 Climb4Life Boston? So far over $5,000 has been raised by the Boston Climb4Life participants, but teams who win Stanley know that it takes over three times that amount to bring him home and keep him.

In the past people have done crazy things to raise funds, even shaving their heads! In addition to Stanley, the top fundraising team will win some fantastic prizes.

It’s not too late to register. Climb4Life Boston is right around the corner, March 7, and teams are still forming.

New to climbing? No problem – we offer clinics. Experienced? Watch for exciting pro athletes to join the mix and challenge you to new heights. Prefer yoga and fitness classes? We’ve got you covered.

Click here to register now and get in on the fun.

Or, donate to your favorite participant and help their team give Stanley a new home.

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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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