September 22, 2010
CTMC Expands Partnerships For Breast Cancer Awareness Services
SAN MARCOS, TX –One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer. Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is proud to extend its commitment to the women in our area through several upcoming events in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
CTMC is teaming up with the San Marcos Professional Firefighters Association and Tanger Outlets on Sunday, Sept. 26, to present the Pink Heals 5K Walk/Run at Tanger Outlets in San Marcos. All proceeds benefit Pink Heals, a locally created nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who are recovering from cancer treatment.
A partnership between Tanger Outlets and CTMC allows everyone to shop, save and help find a cure. For just $1, customers can purchase a Tanger Pink Card and receive a 25 percent discount at more than 30 Tanger Outlets retailers until Oct. 25. All proceeds help fund CTMC’s ongoing breast cancer outreach services to women in need throughout Hays County. Since the local partnership began in 2007, Pink Card proceeds have generated more than $22,000 in local breast cancer patient support services.
“Our expanded partnerships this year with area physicians, agencies and businesses are helping to raise awareness and funds to help diagnose and treat women who lack the means to pay for the services,” said Clay DeStefano, administrative director for PR/Marketing. “Each opportunity brings more and more tools to help prevent, diagnose and treat this disease.”
The community is invited to join CTMC surgeon, Abel Galaviz, M.D.; The Centers for Cancer Care Oncologist, R. Scott Lawson, M.D.; the Hays County Breast Cancer Resource Center and a local breast cancer survivor for a round-table discussion and update about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom. The Hays County Breast Cancer Resource Center recently opened its new location on the second floor above CTMC’s Main Lobby.
Each October, CTMC, Community Action and the radiologists of San Marcos Medical Imaging join forces to provide up to 100 free mammograms to area women who qualify. Applicants must meet income guidelines, be uninsured and have not had a mammogram before or in recent years. To date, more than 320 area women have benefited from the program.