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Central Texas Medical Center: News


CTMC's Growing 'Pink' Events to Raise Local Awareness, Funds for Breast Cancer


SAN MARCOS, TX
– Thanks to the addition of more partners in its efforts to raise awareness and funding for the local fight against breast cancer, Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) annual ‘pink’ activities have grown beyond the month of October. This year, activities will stretch from early September through the month of October.

In addition to the annual Mayors’ proclamation, this year the new CTMC lantern will glow pink all month long as a beacon of hope for those suffering from breast cancer and their loved ones. In addition, several more activities will help raise funds for emergency aide to cancer patients in need who qualify for the assistance. Once again, the hospital will partner 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.

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 following breast cancer related events to our area:

Sept. 12
Texas State CAMCO Think Pink Symposium and Dinner
5:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Texas State University LBJ Student Center Room 3-14.1
This event, hosted by the Young Professionals for the Cure®, will feature a panel of local health care professionals and breast cancer advocates who will empower the community with breast cancer information and resources. Space is limited, so you must RSVP to attend. For more information, e-mail Jessica Freytag at jessica.freytag@libertymutual.com.

Sept. 22
Pink Heals 5K
River Ridge Park, San Marcos
Pre-registration: 7 a.m.; Race starts at 8 a.m.
The Pink Heals 5K is sponsored by CTMC and the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters’ Association. For more information, visit smpffa.com, or call Kathleen Chomel at (512) 738-0175

Oct. 6
Second annual Pink Fest
Cypress Creek Café, Wimberley
This all day event will feature food, music and a silent auction. For more information, visit cypresscreekcafe.com.

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. There are four games:

5:30 and 6:30 p.m. - Freshmen, small gym
6:30 p.m. - Junior Varsity, big gym
7:30 p.m. - Varsity, big gym

For more information, call (512) 393-6838.

Oct. 17
Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour
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. The bike tour is a week-long event that makes stops in eight cities, ultimately covering around 600 miles throughout Texas. Each day of the tour, the non-professional riders — most of whom have been touched by donations as a recipient, family member or donor — bike in honor of a Texan in need of a transplant or who has given the gift of life. The San Marcos event will offer inspirational stories, opportunities to register for the Be The Match Registry and a chance to sign organ and tissue donation cards. 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.

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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Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
512.353.8979