2012-10-14 / Health

Memorial seeks public vote on Pink Glove Dance video

Community invited to join in the effort to support breast cancer awareness

OWOSSO — The Pink Glove Dance is spreading… to the Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center. Approximately 100 staff members at Memorial Healthcare are starring in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention. The video was submitted as part of a national competition to determine the best Pink Glove Dance video of 2012. The second annual competition is sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc., manufacturer of the gloves and producer of the original Pink Glove Dance video.

As part of the Pink Glove Dance 2012 competition, the Memorial Cancer Center’s video was posted on www.pinkglovedance.com on Oct. 12 along with the videos of the other participants to be viewed by the public. Viewers can vote on their favorite video (voting requires a Facebook® account). Voting will continue through Oct. 26. The top three winners receive a donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The winners will be announced Nov. 2 on www.pinkglovedance.com.

“Once we saw the original video, we immediately knew we wanted to get involved to help make a difference at Memorial, in our community and even around the country,” said James Concato, director of Cancer Care Services. “We had employees, physicians, volunteers and cancer survivors involved in the making of this video and everyone was excited and inspired to be part of this national awareness effort.”

The song used in Memorial’s video was Part of Me by Katy Perry. An interesting side note is that the artist gave permission to use this song specifically for the Pink Glove Dance competition.

The history of the Pink Glove Dance

The original Pink Glove Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200 Portland, Ore. hospital workers wearing Medline’s pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. Today, the video has more than 13.5 million views on YouTube® and has inspired hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events across the country.

Medline filmed the original Pink Glove Dance video at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore., which generated thousands of responses, including letters and e-mails from survivors, family and friends. It has entertained and inspired laughter, as well as evoked memories of many people’s own experiences with breast cancer.

Why a Pink Glove Dance Video Contest?

As a result of the original Pink Glove Dance video, Medline received hundreds of calls from health care facilities, breast cancer survivor groups, schools and other organizations throughout the U.S. and the world inquiring about participating in another video.

A sequel to the original video was produced in October 2010 featuring 4,000 health care workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America. Then in 2011, a competition was held in which 139 teams and more than 21,000 participants from hospitals, nursing homes, schools, fire departments and other groups submitted videos of their own versions of the Pink Glove Dance.

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