The original Climb4LifeSM event was conceived in 2001, while HERA Founder, Sean Patrick was recovering from her seventh ovarian cancer surgery. She felt a rock climbing event would put a different face on ovarian cancer and get people involved in the cause. Realizing The Climb4LifeSM would raise awareness in women who are healthy and active, Patrick saw greater potential: the event would enable women to be introduced to the sport of climbing, and its physical and mental benefits.
“The skills women learn in climbing – problem solving, risk taking and confidence in their decision making – will enable them to climb all the mountains in their lives,” Sean said.
These events are a cornerstone in helping accomplish our mission of stopping the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. HERA’s Climb4LifeSM Series provides an excellent forum for empowering women and supporting awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. A place to turn your passion into action to find a cure for ovarian cancer, the HERA Climb4LifeSM Series welcomes women, men, children and families – all abilities, all ages, all levels – to take part.
HERA events are evolving to include climbing, running, hiking, biking, as well as other activities.
To date, HERA has spent over 85 percent of the money from Climb4LifeSM events for scientific and community grants as well as education and awareness initiatives.