BD employee Holly Merriman reports from the 11th Annual HERA Climb4Life Utah
Originally conceived in 2001 by HERA founder Sean Patrick, Climb4Life is a cornerstone event both for the HERA foundation and for Black Diamond. HERA Climb4Life, now in its 11th year here in Salt Lake City, has grown from a single event designed to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, to a nationwide series with hundreds of participants throughout the year. Climb4Life brings men, women, children and both experienced and new climbers together in support of ovarian cancer research and cure initiatives. Our Marketing Coordinator Holly Merriman attended the event this year and sent us the following report, along with photos courtesy of HERA. For more information on HERA and Climb4Life events across the country, click here.
Health, Empowerment, Research and Awareness. Aside from being the wife of Zeus and empowering women in Greek mythology, HERA stands for something as equally if not more powerful as an ovarian cancer foundation. Black Diamond proudly hosted the 11th annual HERA Cimb4Life event at our Salt Lake City headquarters in September and as always, it was a huge success.
This year's fundraiser raised over $70K and had 118 climbing participants, as well as many more people attending the workshops and the Saturday night party. New this year was a series of photography workshops for people that wanted to hone in their professional skills. These were focused lectures lead by professional photographers, videographers and trainers including BD's own Sandra Salvas. Another highlight of the event was the keynote speakers during dinner on Saturday. Salt Lake City local, Brenda Price, shared her inspiring life story as a two-time cancer survivor. Dr. Richard Roden from Johns Hopkins also spoke on behalf of ovarian cancer awareness. All around another great success for a very deserving cause.