Sean Patrick |

Sean Patrick

Sean Patrick, 57, longtime valley resident, died of complications related to ovarian cancer Jan. 20, 2009 in Aspen, with her partner, Scott Paramski, by her side.

She was born April 5, 1951, in Peekskill, N.Y., she was awarded a bachelor of science degree in fine arts from Skidmore College, 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 also was the founder of 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.

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.

She will be greatly missed. She was a remarkable person who touched many lives in profound ways.

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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