Some people walk for breast cancer. Others race. Since 2011, more than 250,000 dancers nationwide, including healthcare professionals, EMTs and firefighters, have danced while wearing pink exam gloves to celebrate breast cancer survivors and those fighting the disease. It’s all part of the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition; the company announces the launch of its sixth annual competition.
“The Pink Glove Dance reflects Medline’s commitment to saving lives through raising awareness and funds for early detection of breast cancer,” said Sue MacInnes, Medline’s chief market solutions officer and co-founder of the Medline Pink Glove Dance campaign. “It is the only campaign to unite thousands of healthcare professionals, patients, survivors and communities – all through the joy of dancing. With nearly 247,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer expected this year, the annual campaign is a unique opportunity to honor the strength and courage of patients and survivors.”
The Medline Pink Glove Dance is open to participants of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) and is split up into three categories – small-bed, large-bed and non-healthcare organizations.
Each team must submit a 150 word or less entry highlighting their inspiration for supporting breast cancer awareness through the creativity of a pink glove dance video. Their video must be no longer than 90 seconds and be accompanied by one of Medline’s selected songs. Additionally, each team is required to raise $2,000 for a breast cancer charity of their choice. Videos are due by Aug. 5.
From Sept. 12 through Sept. 23, the public is encouraged vote for a favorite video to help determine which charities funds will be directed toward. Results will be announced Sept. 30 with the winning team receiving a $15,000 donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice. Other prizes will also be awarded.
For more information or to register for the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition, visit www.pinkglovedance.com/.
Join in or follow the conversation about this breast cancer awareness initiative by using #PinkGloveDance.
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 250,000 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 650 dance videos and raised more than $1.2 million for breast cancer charities nationwide. In addition, Medline has donated $1.7 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 need.
Source: Medline Industries, Inc.