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Central Texas Medical Center: News

CTMC and partners present several more opportunities to support local breast cancer fight
SAN MARCOS, TX – Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC). Those who drive past the facility on Wonder World drive will notice the CTMC lantern glowing pink, providing a beacon of hope for those suffering from breast cancer and their loved ones.

Several more activities will help raise funds for emergency aide to cancer patients in need who qualify for the assistance. Once again, the hospital is partnering with Community Action to offer up 100 free mammograms to area women who have no means to pay for one. For more information about the mammograms, please call Community Action at (512) 392-1161 or e-mail Lydia Perez at lperez@communityaction.com.

Lovebaked Cupcake & Cookie Bakery, located in Mimi’s Food Trailer Eatery at 310 N. Guadalupe Street, is donating $1 from the sale of every pink ribbon cupcake to CTMC’s emergency cancer fund, and the money raised will help breast cancer patients with transportation, household expenses, utilities and other necessities.

CTMC also launched a fun Passion for Pink social media photo contest to help spread the message about breast cancer awareness. By entering in the contests, participants have the chance to win two great prizes: a $100 Target gift card or a $30 gift card to Mochas & Javas. The winners will be announced on Oct. 22. To read the official contest rules, visit www.facebook.com/centraltexasmedicalcenter and click on the “Passion for PINK!” photo album.

Since CTMC began observing and fundraising locally for breast cancer in 2008, the hospital has helped raise more than $50,000. In the past year alone, working with its partners from Pink Heals and Community Action, CTMC has helped identify and assist several local individuals fighting cancer and facing personal challenges because of their illness. ‘Pink Funding’ has helped provide transportation to a patient who had no means to get to her appointments for much needed treatment. The fund was also used to help pay utilities for another individual, three month’s rent for a third person and COBRA insurance payments for yet another individual who could no longer work due to the illness; however, needed her insurance to receive her treatment.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this growing, dynamic effort that is truly making a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors, right here in Hays County,” said Clay DeStefano, CTMC Administrative Director, PR and Marketing.

CTMC and its 2012 Pink partners are pleased to bring the remaining breast cancer-related events to our area:

Oct. 11
PINK OUT in the Snake Pit
Wear a pink t-shirt to the Lady Rattler volleyball game and get in for free. Donations will be accepted at the door and will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For more information, call (512) 393-6838.

Oct. 17
Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour San Marcos Leg
11 a.m. – Texas State University - LBJ Student Center
The Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour takes place annually in the fall and is organized by blood, marrow organ and tissue programs across Texas. For more information about this year’s tour, and to read honoree stories, visit http://www.sw.org/bike-tour/bike-tour-landing. For questions, call Yvonne Ybarra at (210) 731-5513.

Texas State Bra Night/Fashion Show
Alkek Teaching Theater
Reception: 6 p.m.; Show starts at 7 p.m.
More than 15 Texas State University student organizations will take part in a special bra-decorating contest to help raise awareness for breast cancer. At the fashion show, the decorated cancer bras will be modeled tastefully with jeans. The show will kick off with a reception at 6:00 p.m. that includes free food. Admission is free for all Texas State students, faculty and staff, and door prizes will be raffled off to the audience. For more information, call Graciela Sandoval at (512) 245-9743.

Oct. 25
Texas State Women’s Volleyball “Dig Pink” game
6:30 p.m. – Fans are asked to wear pink to the game. Proceeds from the game benefit CTMC’s breast cancer programs. For more information, visit www.txstatebobcats.com.

Nov. 4
Third Annual Pink Heals Rally
San Marcos City Park
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family out for food, fun and a parade, and stop by the pink fire truck to snap a photo and write a heartfelt message about how breast cancer has touched your own or a loved one’s life. For more information, e-mail kathleen.chomel@ahss.org or call (512) 738-0175.


About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.
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