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January 21st, 2009
Tanger donates $6,853 to CTMC cancer care

Officials for Tanger Outlet Mall and Central Texas Medical Center arSTAFF REPORT

As a result of its national breast cancer awareness campaign that took place Sept. 17-Oct. 19, the Tanger Outlet Center in San Marcos recently donated $6,853.18 to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) through the Stanley K. Tanger Breast Cancer Fund. 

Tanger made the donation at a special holiday ceremony last month at CTMC.

“We are hopeful that our donation will make a big difference to those in our community that are faced with battling breast cancer,” said Michelle Carswell General Manager of the Tanger Outlet Center in San Marcos. “Tanger, along with our retail partners, remain committed to our ultimate goal of helping to find a prevention and cure for breast cancer.”

Tanger’s 2008 Breast Cancer Awareness campaign raised money through the sale of the popular Tanger Pink Card. For a $1 donation, Tanger shoppers received a special Pink Card that gave them bonus discount savings at participating Tanger stores.

Tanger Outlet requested that the donated funds be used to provide free lymphedema therapy, a new service at CTMC, to needy women in the area.

Lymphedema is a disease that may develop following surgery treatment for breast cancer because lymph vessels or lymph nodes are impaired, damaged or removed. Treatment by a certified lymphedema therapist, a vital component of the recovery process, can last from two to six weeks.

In Tanger’s 15th year nationally of raising funds to battle breast cancer, the organization reached an historic, one-year fundraising milestone by raising more than $1 million. Money raised by Tanger nationally supports the local efforts of more than a dozen different breast cancer organizations through the Stanley K. Tanger Breast Cancer Fund. 

Since 1994, Tanger has now donated more than $6.1 million to help fund research, programs and facilities in the communities served by Tanger in 22 states across America.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among the nation’s women in 2008.  Approximately 40,480 deaths are expected.

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