Sean Patrick |

Sean Patrick

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Aspen CO, Colorado

HERA Foundation founder Sean Patrick, 57, died of complications related to ovarian cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Aspen, in the presence of her partner, Scott Paramski. She was a remarkable person who touched many lives in profound ways.

Sean established the HERA Foundation (health, empowerment, research, awareness) in 2002. Under her guidance, the nonprofit has made great strides in raising funds for ovarian cancer research and awareness. She received Climbing Magazine’s Golden Piton award in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding community service. Sean sat on numerous cancer boards and cancer-related organizations.

Born April 5, 1951, in Peekskill, N.Y., she was awarded a bachelor’s of science degree in fine arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y., in 1973. Upon completion of college, she was selected for an art fellowship in Florence, Italy. In 1988, Sean founded the Impact Group, a strategic marketing and design firm based in Western Colorado. She was an avid rock climber, skier, cyclist and scuba diver.

Beyond HERA, Sean adopted a selfless attitude in everything she did, and dedicated her life to helping others overcome life’s challenges. Her community work and volunteer service over four decades inspired women and men in many communities.

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Below are a few quotes from Sean’s personal statement. It is a testament of her passion. She will be greatly missed.

“I always felt a need to do something with my life. Now I feel a need to do something in a service to something greater than myself.” “Life happens, and the only thing you have control of is your attitude, you can deal with it with a bad attitude or a good one … and life is just more fun with a good attitude.” “We all have the power within us to change the world in a positive way. It just takes one idea, one individual, one scientist, one company or one community to make a difference in the world. That’s the power of one.”

On that day that brought a great loss, Sean held great hope that with the new administration there will be a much-needed change in our health care system.

A memorial service for Ms. Patrick is planned in April; details to follow at To continue her legacy, please make donations to the HERA Foundation,

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