Nearly 60 teams across the U.S. and Canada mobilized to create dance
videos for breast cancer awareness
MUNDELEIN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This year, more than 68,000 physicians, administrators, nurses, breast
cancer survivors and community members dressed in pink exam gloves to
create dance videos for breast cancer awareness. It was all part of the
fifth annual Medline
Pink Glove Dance Competition – the only breast cancer awareness
campaign to unite thousands of healthcare professionals, patients,
survivors and communities all through the joy of dancing.
The votes are in and Medline is excited to announce this year’s
grand prize winner, Infirmary
Health. Receiving more than 20 percent of the total votes,
the largest non-governmental not-for-profit healthcare system in
Alabama has won a $15,000 donation from Medline to the mid-south
division of the American Cancer Society. Furthermore, through
fundraising efforts, Infirmary Health raised an additional $43,000 for
their breast cancer charity of choice.
“Winning the Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition is a remarkable
accomplishment for our organization. We treat breast cancer patients
every day at Infirmary Health, so our participation in this contest is
very personal to us. In fact, many of the survivors featured in our
video are employees and members of our Infirmary Health family,” said
Mark Nix, president and CEO of Infirmary Health. “We are honored to have
received such an outpouring of support of our team’s video from local,
state, national and even international friends who voted for us.”
Pink Glove Dance teams throughout U.S. and Canada are required to create
90-second videos and raise a minimum of $2,000 for a breast cancer
charity of their choice. Nearly 60 teams participated in creating dance
videos this year. Through online, public voting, nine winners have been
selected throughout three categories – large-bed, small-bed and
non-healthcare. In addition to winning the grand prize title,
Infirmary Health won first place in the large-bed category. The
following are this year’s runners-up who also received donations to a
breast cancer charity of their choice. First place in each category
received a $10,000 donation, second place received a $5,000 donation,
and third place received a $2,500 donation.
Chino Valley Medical Center (first place, small-bed) – $10,000
donation to the American Cancer Society.
Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation (first place,
non-healthcare) – $10,000 donation to the Strathroy Middlesex
Baptist Health Paducah (second place, large-bed category) –
$5,000 donation to the American Cancer Society.
University Medical Center of Princeton (second place, small-bed
category) – $5,000 donation to the Breast Cancer Resource Center
at YWCA of Princeton, N.J.
Baptist Health Montgomery (second place, non-healthcare) –
$5,000 donation to the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama.
LewisGale Regional Health System (third place, large-bed) –
$2,500 donation to Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
Pocono Medical Center (third place, small-bed) – $2,500
donation to the Pocono Health Foundation.
Sonoma West Medical Foundation (third place, non-healthcare) –
$2,500 donation to Bay Area Young Survivors.
“Some walk for breast cancer awareness. Others run. We dance while
wearing pink gloves. The Pink Glove Dance competition provides
communities with an organized event that supports everyone who’s been
touched by breast cancer,” said Sue MacInnes, co-creator of the Pink
Glove Dance Competition and chief market solutions officer at Medline.
“The participation from thousands of dancers over the years has helped
us make a significant impact in providing breast cancer related
charities with the essential resources they need to carry out education
and prevention initiatives.”
Infirmary Health’s winning video represents a breast cancer patient’s
journey, from entering the hospital, receiving a diagnosis, undergoing
treatment to ringing the bell and entering remission. As they leave the
hospital in the video, they throw back pom-poms to those that have
inspired and cheered them on along the way.
For Terri Hudson and Maureen Chatham, members of Infirmary Health’s
staff, the competition holds a very personal meaning. For both of them,
the American Cancer Society has been instrumental in their journeys with
breast cancer. When Maureen began experiencing hair loss after her third
chemotherapy treatment, the American Cancer Society boosted her
confidence by providing hats, scarves and showed her how to make the
scarves look like her long hair.
“Our marketing team approached me about the Pink Glove Dance Competition
to raise awareness for breast cancer. At the time, I was barely through
with surgeries, chemo and radiation and didn’t feel very much like a
survivor,” said Hudson. “I could never have imagined the change that
would happen to me because of our dance video. The support received from
so many staff members who had just worked a long shift was amazing. It
was moving to look out into that crowd of my Infirmary Health family and
see my colleagues dancing and singing to support breast cancer
awareness. It was one of the first times I felt like I could have a life
to view this year’s winning videos.
About Medline’s Pink Glove Dance Campaign
Back in 2009, Medline Industries, Inc. turned everyday exam gloves from
blue to help create a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue about
breast cancer between nurses and patients. This same year, Medline
created the original Pink Glove Dance video
with hospital workers at a Portland, Ore. hospital. A few years later,
Medline launched the Pink
Glove Dance video competition, which has brought together nearly
200,000 healthcare professionals, patients, survivors and communities to
celebrate hope for a cure and honor all who have been affected by the
disease – all through the joy of dancing. The Medline Pink Glove Dance
competition has inspired nearly 1,000 dance videos and raised more than
$1 million for breast cancer charities nationwide. In addition, Medline
has donated $1.6 million to the National
Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) in support of its mission to save
lives through early detection and offering free mammograms for women in
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Stacy Rubenstein, 847-949-2286