HERA Announces New Board Leadership

October 28, 2013

HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation Announces New Board Leadership

DENVEROctober 28, 2013The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, announces the addition of four new officers. HERA’s board of directors will be spearheaded by a new executive committee:  Samantha Lockwood (Philadelphia, Pa.), is president; Sheila Wright of Denver is vice president; Lisa O’Connor (Burtonsville, Md.) is treasurer; and, Tonya Clement of Boulder, Colo. is secretary.

Lockwood, director of product development for the CARCO Group, has been involved with HERA since 2005, and an active board member since 2009.  “HERA is an organization near and dear to my heart,” she said. “Ten years ago when I was diagnosed, I couldn’t find any stories about ovarian cancer survivors.  Then I heard about HERA and met Sean Patrick, HERA’s founder. I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead and grow the organization so we can continue Sean’s vision and have a real impact on women’s health.”

Also serving on the executive committee, Wright is vice provost and professor emerita for the University of Denver. O’Connor, a managing director for Accenture, continues to serve as treasurer, and Clement is secretary.  Clement has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience in organizations ranging from small start-up businesses to Fortune 100 companies; she is a professional climber and co-founder of Beyond Everest providing inspirational presentations around the country.

“We are honored to welcome such a strong, passionate group of leaders to our board of directors,” said Meg Steitz, executive director for HERA. “Each of these individuals has been involved with HERA for many years and has a passion for our mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer. In addition to their professional strengths, they bring tremendous vision, dedication and energy to the organization.”

Based in Denver, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation was established in 2002 by Sean Patrick with a mission to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. HERA provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions and to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways. HERA’s signature fundraisers are its Climb4LifeSM events, a series of rock climbing and hiking weekends held in four cities around the country:  Boston, Mass.; Boulder, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. In 2013, it is estimated that about 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and about 14,230 women will die from the disease. With early detection, about 94 percent will survive longer than five years after diagnosis. Currently, however, only 20 percent of ovarian cancer is caught early because there is NO effective early detection test. It ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women and accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

Through its 2013 Climb4LifeSM series and other initiatives, HERA has raised more than $100,000 this year alone for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives. The organization commits approximately 88 percent of the funds raised for scientific research and community grants, as well as education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer.

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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