Nearly 4,000 healthcare staff, breast cancer survivors and their
communities created dance videos for breast cancer awareness
MUNDELEIN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This year, physicians, administrators, nurses, breast cancer survivors
and community members from 16 different states dressed in pink exam
gloves to create dance videos for breast cancer awareness. It was all
part of the sixth 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, University Medical
Center of El Paso. Receiving 18,276 votes, the most votes overall,
El Paso’s only not-for-profit, community-owned hospital and healthcare
system has won a $15,000 donation from Medline to Sobreviviendo el
Cancer de Seno (Surviving Breast Cancer) Infusion Center. Furthermore,
El Paso raised an additional $3,500 for their breast cancer charity of
choice to fulfill the competition fundraising requirement.
Pink Glove Dance teams throughout the U.S. are required to create
90-second videos and raise a minimum of $2,000 for a breast cancer
charity of their choice. Nearly 30 teams participated this year. Through
online, public voting, nine winners have been selected throughout three
categories – large-bed, small-bed and non-bed healthcare. In addition to
winning the grand prize title, El Paso 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.
Chino Valley Medical Center (first place, small-bed) – $10,000
donation to the Let It Be Foundation.
Montgomery Cancer Center (first place, non-healthcare) –
$10,000 donation to the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (second place,
large-bed category) – $5,000 donation to the Susan G. Komen
Community Hospital East (second place, small-bed category) –
$5,000 donation to the Little Red Door Cancer Agency.
Arlington Cancer Center (second place, non-healthcare) – $5,000
donation to the American Cancer Society Fort Worth.
LewisGale Regional Health System (third place, large-bed) –
$2,500 donation to Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
Byron Health Center (third place, small-bed) – $2,500 donation
to Francine’s Friends.
Penn Medicine Department of Community Radiology (third place,
non-healthcare) – $2,500 donation to UNITE For HER.
“The Pink Glove Dance campaign gives healthcare professionals and their
communities a chance to support breast cancer patients and survivors in
a joyful way,” said Sue MacInnes, co-creator of the Pink Glove Dance
Competition and chief market solutions officer at Medline. “Through the
competition, we continue to push for education in hopes of early
detection and prevention and advocate for charities that dedicate funds
to support awareness and research.”
UMC El Paso’s winning video is a message of hope, encouragement and
unity that begins moments after a patient is told she will join the many
thousands of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
Through messages of support, hope and love, along with cheers toward
victory, the survivors show the world that they can feel better and
dance with the challenges ahead. Their video was made possible due to
the hundreds of people who participated, including employees and
community members like the local fire and police departments.
“Winning the Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition is a victory for all
of El Paso, especially for the many women in our community affected by
breast cancer,” said Jacob Cintron, President and CEO of University
Medical Center of El Paso. “From inception to completion of our video,
volunteer support from throughout our hospital and community poured in
to create a message of hope and encouragement. We are confident there
will come a day when a cure will be found and contests such as these
will not be needed. Until then, however, we are honored to have taken
another step toward that eventual victory through this wonderful and
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
green to pink. This sparked the beginning of the company’s unique breast
cancer education campaign. The introduction of pink gloves helps take
the scary out of detection exams and remind nurses about the importance
of creating a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue with their
patients. A few years later, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video
competition, bringing together 250,000 healthcare professionals,
patients and communities to celebrate hope for a cure and honor all who
have been affected by the disease – all through the joy of dancing. More
than 17 million YouTube® views later, the Medline Pink Glove Dance
competition has inspired nearly 1,000 dance videos and raised $1.4
million for breast cancer charities nationwide. In addition, Medline has
donated $1.7 MM to the National
Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) in support of their mission to save
lives through early detection and free mammograms for women in need.
Medline is a global
manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with
medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both
clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., the
company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through
more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of
contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information
on Medline, go to www.medline.com
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Medline Industries, Inc.
Stacy Rubenstein, 847-949-2286