Actress Melina Kanakaredes and Hanes® Go Passionately Pink to Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure® During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

America's No. 1 Apparel Brand Introduces Design-and-Buy T-Shirt Program and Pink Collection to Raise Awareness and Support for the Cause

Sep 28, 2010, 07:00 ET from Hanes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year, Hanes is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and has created a "Pink Collection" of panties, bras, socks, and tees to show support for the cause.  In time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Hanes has also launched an online Design and Buy program that allows visitors to design their own T-shirts adorned with messages of hope, love and support.  Hanes also reprises its role as the Official Apparel Sponsor of Passionately Pink for the Cure®, a fundraising program created by Susan G. Komen for the Cure which inspires breast cancer advocacy and honors those affected by the disease. The partnership also features film, television and Broadway actress, Melina Kanakaredes, who will lead the Passionately Pink for the Cure mission and support the cause in a new Hanes and Komen for the Cure campaign that includes print materials and a series of public service announcements.  In addition to these awareness-raising efforts, Hanes will make an aggregate cash and in-kind contribution of $500,000 to Komen in 2010.

Hanes Design and Buy

For those passionate about the cause, the Design and Buy program is a great opportunity to show support for women fighting the disease.  The Design and Buy program will live on the Hanes campaign web site,, and will allow users to create their own custom tees.  Visitors can choose from six Hanes T-shirt colors and design as many T-shirts as their imagination will allow with the chance for their design to be featured in the T-shirt gallery. The program will be available beginning in September and will run for the remainder of the year as a way for people to show their support in finding a cure for breast cancer.  Hanes will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from all custom T-shirts through the Design and Buy program to Komen for the Cure.

"The Hanes Design and Buy Program was created to encourage people to join the fight against breast cancer while allowing them to uniquely recognize those suffering from this devastating disease," remarked Sidney Falken, senior vice president, Hanes brand.

Hanes Pink Collection

For the second year, Hanes will offer its "Pink Collection" of panties, bras, socks, and tees designed to create awareness for the cause. As part of the collection, Kanakaredes has designed three T-shirts meant to inspire and encourage others to join her in the fight against breast cancer. The T-shirts were designed to communicate strength, hope and fearlessness while honoring those affected by the disease. The entire Hanes Pink Collection will be available at and in select stores.  

"Support from corporations like Hanes helps tremendously with our fundraising program, Passionately Pink for the Cure, through which we can engage with communities nationwide and remind them the importance of breast health," said Katrina McGhee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer  for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  "As much progress as we've made, a woman still dies of breast cancer every 69 seconds and Hanes' support is critical in helping us change that statistic."  

Hanes also serves as the Official T-shirt of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series. Hanes T-shirts will be provided to the 1.6 million people expected to participate in the race series.

About Hanes

Hanes is a leading brand of intimate apparel, underwear, sleepwear, socks and casual apparel.  Hanes is a flagship brand of Hanesbrands Inc.  Hanes products can be found at leading retailers nationwide and online direct to consumers at

About Hanesbrands Inc.

Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) is a leading marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel under strong consumer brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, barely there and Wonderbra. The company designs, manufactures, sources and sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men's underwear, children's underwear, socks, hosiery, casual wear and active wear. Hanesbrands has approximately 45,000 employees in more than 25 countries. More information about Hanesbrands Inc. may be found on the Internet at

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.


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