HERA Foundation is Named Beneficiary of the 2009 Run Like a Girl 8k

The women’s only Run Like A Girl 8K Series chooses the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation as beneficiary for its 2009 trail running series to kick-off in Richmond, Va., May 31, 2009.

CARBONDALE, COLO. (March 11, 2009) The women's only Run Like A Girl 8K Series chooses the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation as beneficiary for its 2009 trail running series. The event will travel to seven cities to bring women together to run, jog or walk for a cure. The first race will kick off at 9 a.m. on May 31 at Pocahontas State Park, Richmond, Va., and is sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountains Sports, Montrail and Victory Ladies Fitness. The event is limited to 1,000 participants. Registration costs $30, and participants can register online at www.runlikeagirl8k.com.
A total of $4 from each participant that registers will be donated to the HERA Foundation. In addition, participants of the race are encouraged to do personal fundraising for the HERA Foundation and can register at www.runlikeagirlva09.kintera.orgto set up a personal fundraising homepage. The public can also make a general donation in the memory of HERA Foundation founder Sean Patrick who in January 2009 died of complications related to ovarian cancer. Money raised from the event will go to support the HERA OSB1 grant, a seed grant for research on early detection, better treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer. Donations can be made at www.heradonationsinhonerofSeanPatrick.kintera.org.
Motivated by his family's history with cancer, race director Mark Junkerman says, “This disease has deeply affected my family and so many families around the world. We are very pleased to be working with the HERA Foundation to help find a cure for ovarian cancer.” He adds, “We hope that through our event, the participants will help spread awareness of ovarian cancer, and help save women's lives.”
“HERA is honored to the beneficiary of the 2009 Run Like a Girl 8k race series. While being personally touched by cancer can be devastating, Mark and his team are an example of how we can use that experience and empower ourselves and others to make a difference in the world,” says Lisa Carmichael, the interim executive director of the HERA Foundation. Carmichael is a longtime friend of HERA founder Sean Patrick who stepped to the helm of the organization in January.

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), ovarian cancer occurs in one in 72 women. Currently, there is no reliable method of early detection, such as the mammogram for breast cancer. Funding scientific research is therefore vital in decreasing the number of lives lost. The NCI reports that 67 percent of cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized, when the five-year survival rate is only 30.6 percent. For more information on the HERA Foundation, please visit www.herafoundation.org.

About HERA Partners in Action
The HERA Partners in Action program enables companies to “give back” a portion of sales from a product or group of products to the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation. Designated Partners in Action products include hangtags that educate consumers about ovarian cancer facts and symptoms. Partners include: Bronwen, BlueWater Ropes, Etch, Evolv, Friksn, Fox River, MadRock, Omega Pacific, Petzl, Seattle Manufacturing Company and Women's Adventure Magazine. Awareness Partners include Mountain Gear, Sterling Ropes and Stonewear. For more information contact Stephanie Forte at Forte Creative Media, 702.898.2547.

HERA Climb4Life Seven Summit Sponsors:
Black Diamond Climbing Equipment, BlueWater Ropes, Boulder Rock Club, Climbing Magazine, Colorado Mountain School, Evolv, Exum Utah Mountain Adventures, Forte Creative Media, Fox River, Liberty Heights Fresh, MadRock Climbing, Montrail (Visionary Sponsor), Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, prAna, REI, Sea to Summit, SIGG, Stonewear Designs, The North Face, Timbuk2 Designs, Urban Climber, and Women's Adventure Magazine.

About the HERA Foundation
The HERA Foundation is a registered 501 (c) 3, whose mission is to stop the loss of mothers, daughters, 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.