I got involved with HERA earlier this year as a public relations advisor and consultant. Coincidentally, my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last fall, so the passion I have for this cause goes well beyond my professional life. From the time I got involved with HERA, I knew that this was an organization that changes lives. HERA helps all women and their families by increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, hopefully encouraging early detection. The organization supports survivors and their families with its inspirational programs and events like Climb4Life and the Ovarian Cancer Summit in Denver. Finally, HERA is working to advance ovarian cancer research through its grants to well-respected medical institutions and professionals around the country. This is an organization that is making an impact on ovarian cancer in both the present and future. The knowledge and resources I've gained throughout my work with HERA have been invaluable and have helped my mother and family in our fight against this horrible disease. I am confident HERA is doing the same for countless other people nationwide.