I cannot think of another nonprofit that has more heart and soul than HERA Women's Cancer Foundation. HERA was founded by Sean Patrick in 2002 after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Sadly, Sean succumbed to her cancer in 2009 but her outstanding spirit and vision live on through the organization.
One of HERA's primary vehicles for involvement and fundraising is the Climb for Life series. Along with being a metaphor for the struggles we all face in life, Sean saw rock climbing as a way to build community and to just give folks a chance break totally free of their daily issues. If you are ever lucky enough to attend one of these events, you'll see a pretty amazing community of survivors and supporters.
On the practical side, this is an organization that returns a full 88% of the funds raised to their programs: funding cutting edge research and community support and awareness. The E.D., Meg Steitz, runs a tight ship and is 100% focused on the mission. Both the board and advisory team are made up of incredibly talented and passionate people. We give a sizable donation to HERA every year and I am 100% confident these funds are used judiciously and in a way that has real world implications for women facing ovarian cancer.
If you have the time, check out the KUED documentary on Sean and HERA. http://www.kued.org/productions/climb-for-life/?area=videos
This foundation was formed to increase awareness among women about ovarian cancer and they do it in a way that's connected with the outdoors! What's not to love! I've been a long term supporter/sponsor of HERA Foundation because I believe what they do is going to make a positive impact on the lives of women. Keep up the great work HERA!
My wife and I have been travelling to Salt Lake yearly ever since the first HERA Climb4Life event. Not only is this a great event for climbers to come share the experience of SLC in early autumn, but the inspiration and support from the participants, volunteers and survivors is something that carries benefits way beyond anything financial. HERA maintains a small board and minimal operating costs so that they are able to give at least 80% of money raised directly to women's cancer issues. The foundation, itself, continues to evolve and look for ways to make the most impact through effective use of resources. AND IT IS WORKING! HERA's tremendous efforts are increasing the awareness about ovarian cancer its symptoms, leading to cases of early detection and tremendous advancements in research.
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