HERA Newsletter Summer Issue 2014

Be a HERA Hero This Summer!

In This Issue:

The Lemonade Stand

By Ian Fowler, HERA Ambassador


My story with HERA began nearly 30 years ago, before I had even heard of ovarian cancer. This was the day I first went rock climbing. It was a cold damp (I grew up in the UK) March day and I had the chance to rock climb. I stepped up, climbed halfway up a 5.4, and my hiking boot fell off. So I was lowered to the ground, re-tied my hiking boot and continued climbing up the 2 pitch route and then rapelled back to the ground. What does this have to do with HERA? This was the day I was hooked on climbing!  Read more...
Shop & Save Lives

HERA is proud to partner with a new community of shoppers who are changing the world just by buying from sites they already love. Using sites like iMyne, Amazon Smile and eBay Giving Works, online purchases generate an automatic donation for HERA - plus cash back and other rewards for you, too.  HERA is proud to be a featured charity on iMyne - be sure to check it out.


Shop. Earn. Donate. All at Once.

You already participate in Climb4Life. You already run your heart out for HERA. You already donate. But shop? Yes! Many of the retailers you know and love offer money back for online purchases or automatic donations to HERA. All you have to do is click on the links below to start supporting HERA with the purchases you're already making online:

Simply search for the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation under charities, select us and get started!  

Who's on Board?
The HERA Women's Cancer Foundation Board is made up of a dedicated group of talented volunteers from all around the country:

Sarah Adams, NM
Judy Bradt, VA
Tonya Clement, Secretary, CO
Kirsten Kindt, CO
Samantha Lockwood, President, PA
James Nice, CA
Lisa O'Connor, Treasurer, MD
Hilary Silberman, UT
Jill Slansky, CO
Alicia Vivian, CO
Sheila Wright, Vice President, CO
Briann Zimmermann, OK

Our events are in full swing!

Get involved or donate to support your favorite climber, hiker or runner:


Climb4Life DC - July 19

Climb4Life CA - Sept. 12-13

All of these events raise funds for HERA to help stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer.  Turn your passion into action today!
Understanding CA125
HERA Board Member, Dr. Sarah Adams, answers questions about the CA125 and what women should do if they know something "isn't right."

Q:  Can you help us understand why the CA125 is a good screening tool for some, but not for everyone?


A: CA125 is a protein which is elevated in the blood of some women with ovarian cancer. It can be measured with a simple blood test, and levels correlate with response to therapy in women undergoing treatment. CA125 levels are also measured after completion of cancer treatment to monitor for disease recurrence.


In addition to using CA125 levels as a surrogate marker for tumor burden in women with a confirmed ovarian cancer diagnosis, many clinicians have used CA125 levels to evaluate women with ovarian masses to determine how likely it is that the mass is a cancer, and some clinicians measure CA125 levels in women at high risk of ovarian cancer as a way of screening for the disease. Read more...

Cutting-Edge Research
Donations Support Science
One of the things that makes HERA unique is our support of science.  Sure, we climb and we hike
and we run to raise money, but it's your donations that help us fund research.  HERA supports projects that seek to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease.  HERA has proudly partnered with Johns Hopkins for 10 years to help stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer.  Thanks to the funds we raise through events and donations, we can continue funding cutting-edge research.

HERA awarded its 2014 OSB (Outside the Box) Grants to three researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine. HERA awarded Lingling Xian, MD, Phd, Blanca Valle, MD, PhD, and Christian Schuetz, PhD, a total of $50,000 in grant funding to pursue "outside-the-box" ideas and study new directions in the detection and treatment of ovarian cancer, which ranks fifth as the cause of cancer deaths in women and accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Read more... 

Heading to The Hill
HERA Board President Takes Part in Advocacy Day
By Samantha Lockwood
This weekend I'll be representing the HERA Foundation at the National Ovarian Cancer Conference in Washington DC. The conference is hosted by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), of which HERA is a partner member. This is my 3rd OCNA conference and I'm as excited as ever to join leaders from other OCNA partner organizations and advocates as we learn the latest in ovarian cancer science, advocacy, and legislation. As a survivor and as an advocate this conference is inspiring and energizing. There are many people dedicated to the ovarian cancer problem, this is our opportunity to brainstorm on how we can make a bigger impact within our own organizations as well as a united force.   On the last day of the conference a large number of conference attendees will wear our teal as we participate in Advocacy Day. This is our opportunity to visit our elected officials on Capitol Hill to talk to them about ovarian cancer. Specifically we'll be asking for appropriations to fund ovarian cancer research as well as education and awareness resolutions. Please stay tuned to the HERA Facebook Page and Weblog to learn how you can participate in Advocacy Day virtually on July 14th! 

HERA Welcomes Development Director
HERA is growing!  We are so pleased to welcome Barbara Potts as Director of Development. In this position, Potts will provide strategic leadership for all development and fundraising activities nationally, oversee new fundraising campaigns, and manage all development-related communication. With her decades of experience, we are excited to welcome Barbara to the HERA community! Read more... 

REMEMBER: September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Tell everyone you know.  Help us spread the word.  Keep HERA in mind when honoring a loved one who has been affected by this disease.

HERA Women's Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 6147
Denver, CO 80206

The HERA Women's Cancer Foundation is a 501C3 non-profit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness.

Of the funds HERA raises, at least 85% provides for programs such as scientific research grants and community grants to raise awareness about the disease.

Details:  herafoundation.org
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