HERA Foundation Awards Grant to Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida

Funds raised by rock climbers will aid in increasing ovarian cancer awareness among Spanish speaking women in Florida.

(March 21, 2008 -Carbondale, Colo.) Funds raised by rock climbers will aid in increasing ovarian cancer awareness among Spanish speaking women in Florida. The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida (OCAF) is one of four 2008 HERA Foundation Community Grant recipients and will receive a $1,000 grant to support the translation and printing costs of OCAF materials into Spanish.

Nearly 3 million people ages 18 or older in the states of Florida speak Spanish as a first language. In addition, the Hispanic population increased 175 percent between 1990 and 2000. To meet the needs of this growing population, OCAF is reprinting its standard OCAH brochure; “What Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cancer” tri-fold brochure; “Access to Specialty Care” flyer; symptoms and facts cards; and bookmarks in Spanish.

The results of this grant “will bring awareness for ovarian cancer and change the way Hispanic women view gynecological health,” says Bonnie Donihi, Executive Director of OCAF.

Once printed, these materials will be distributed at health and wellness fairs, like the Hispanic Health Initiative Health Fair, an event presented in conjunction with the Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo attracting 30,000–35,000 community members.

The HERA Foundation awards four 501(c)3 organizations a year with a seed grant of $1000. The seed grant is for funding programs that aim to improve the quality of life for women with the disease or to raise awareness in new ways.

About the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida
The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida unites diverse individuals, organizations, and healthcare providers throughout Florida by working together for change and providing resources, education, and support for early detection and treatment that will help save women's lives.

About the HERA Foundation
The HERA Foundation is a registered 501(c)3, whose mission is to stop the loss of mothers, daughter, wives, sisters, partners, and girlfriends from ovarian cancer by empowering women to take control of their health, empowering the medical community to find new directions in ovarian cancer research and empowering communities to provide support. For more information visit www.herafoundation.org. To schedule an interview with HERA Foundation founder Sean Patrick, please call 513.304.5835.

HERA Seven Summit Circle Sponsors:
Black Diamond, BlueWater Ropes, Climbing Magazine, Evolv, Fox River, MadRock, Montrail, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, REI, SIGG, Stonewear Design, The Northface, and Williamson Printing Corporation.


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