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Tempur-Pedic raises $500K for cancer fight

Those cuddly Tempur-Pedic Teddy Bears showed their heart here as the memory foam mattress leader made a $500,000 donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Retailers supported the cause with the sale of a special version of the My Tempur-Pedic Teddy Bears last year. Tempur-Pedic officials announced the gift during the company's Las Vegas Market party.

“We at Tempur-Pedic have been truly inspired by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the survivors we've met and the unbelievable support we've received from our participating retailers and consumers,” said Rick Anderson, president of Tempur-Pedic North America. “The money raised will help us get one step closer to finding a cure, and we are pleased to continue supporting this cause in 2010.”

A new limited-edition Teddy Bear will be offered this year, and Tempur-Pedic officials are hoping for another strong year of support for pancreatic cancer research.

Roger Magowitz, president of Virginia Beach, Va.-based Mattress Discounters, a major fund-raiser for pancreatic cancer research, was on hand for the check presentation.

Tempur-Pedic is a major supporter of the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, the industry-supported fund-raiser held every December. That event was started by Magowitz and by fellow retailer Ray Bojanowski.

The donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will help that group continue to fund research on pancreatic cancer, the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

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