3rd Annual Boston Climb Fights Ovarian Cancer

February 13, 2014

Boston Rock Climb to Fight Ovarian Cancer at 3rd Annual Climb4LifeSM

Climbers Head to Two Boston-Area Rock Climbing Gyms March 8-9 to Raise Funds and Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

DENVERFeb. 13, 2014The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, will present its 3rd Annual Climb4LifeSM Boston March 8-9 at the MetroRock Climbing Center in Everett, Mass. and at Central Rock Gym in Watertown, Mass. Climb4LifeSM brings together beginner and expert climbers, ovarian cancer survivors, their families and supporters, and anyone else looking for a weekend adventure to rock climb, raise funds for ovarian cancer research and drive awareness of the signs and symptoms of the deadly disease. The event is open to people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. To register, visit http://www.herafoundation.org/c4l-boston-2014/.

Climb4LifeSM Boston kicks off with the HERA House Party on Saturday, March 8, from 4 to 10 p.m., where participants can try the MetroRock ropes course, take part in the treadwall climbing competition and silent auction, and try some of Harpoon Brewery’s finest beers. Sunday, March 9, will feature the main event at Central Rock Gym where participants can tackle indoor climbing walls, yoga sessions, skills clinics and more. Registration is open through February 28 for $35 and $45 thereafter. Participants and volunteers are encouraged to raise a minimum of $250, with awards going to the top fundraisers and fundraising team.

“Rock climbing pushes us to go beyond our comfort zone, to push ourselves and reset the boundaries. It’s also about gaining strength, courage and self-confidence – qualities that can be applied to many of life’s challenges, including fighting cancer,” said Meg Steitz, HERA’s executive director. “This is the third year for Climb4Life Boston, and we are excited to see the event continue to grow. It’s our mission to help all women know the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and to be advocates for their own health.”

Ovarian cancer is a very serious, yet under-recognized disease among women. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  In 2014, about 21,980 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and about 14,270 deaths will occur.  With early detection, about 94 percent will survive longer than five years after diagnosis. But, only 20 percent of ovarian cancer cases are caught early enough because there is NO effective early detection test – Pap smears do not test for ovarian cancer. For many women, by the time they are correctly diagnosed, the cancer has already reached advanced stages.

The Climb4LifeSM series was conceived in 2001 while HERA Founder Sean Patrick was recovering from her seventh ovarian cancer surgery. What started as a single event in Salt Lake City has grown into a national program attracting hundreds of participants and numerous partners each year. The Climb4LifeSM series includes events in Boston, Boulder, Colo. and Washington, D.C. The events are fundamental in helping HERA accomplish its mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness.

Of the funds raised through Climb4LifeSM and other initiatives, 88 percent provides for HERA’s programs such as its scientific research and community grants, as well as other education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer. For more information, visit www.herafoundation.org.

About the HERA Foundation:

Established in 2002, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. As a nationally recognized ovarian cancer organization, HERA provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions. In so doing, HERA attracts more young researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease. In addition, HERA awards grants to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways. More information is available at www.herafoundation.org.

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