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For the fifth straight year, the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition is bringing together dancers nationwide, including healthcare professionals, EMTs and firefighters, to celebrate breast cancer survivors and raising awareness and support for those still fighting. It is the only campaign to unite thousands of healthcare professionals, patients, survivors and communities – all through the joy of dancing. Participants spent months preparing, filming and editing their videos, and raising money for their charity of choice. Now, the videos are in and it’s the public’s turn to make a difference and support their favorite breast cancer charities. From Sept. 9 through Sept. 23, you can visit www.pinkglovedance.com to vote for a favorite video and help determine which charities funds will be directed toward.
“Some walk. Some race. We dance wearing pink exam gloves. And we are so humbled by the ongoing support and participation we’ve received from nearly 200,000 dancers over the past five years for this unique and meaningful competition,” says Sue MacInnes, chief market solutions officer at Medline and co-creator of the Pink Glove Dance. “The voting component of the Pink Glove Dance is a critical part of supporting our participants’ fund-raising efforts and bringing our message of hope and joy at the local and national levels.”
Winning videos will be announced Oct. 1 and are chosen based on the number of votes in each of the following categories: 1) Small-Bed; 2) Large-Bed; 3) Non-Healthcare Organization (e.g., non-profit or for-profit business, club, or other non-healthcare organization); 4) School Health.
A total of $57,500 is up for grabs:
• The video with the most votes among all the categories will be named the grand prize winner and receive $15,000 from Medline for a designated breast cancer charity of their choice
• First place in each category will receive a $10,000 donation
• Second place in each category will win $5,000 for their charity of choice
• Third place in each category will win $2,500 for their charity of choice
Last year, The Red Devils, an organization that helps Maryland-based families affected by breast cancer cope with the economic and emotional strain of living with the disease, was awarded $10,000 when the Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s video won first place in the long-term care division. The funds helped 11 families pay for rent, utilities and other monthly expenses, supplied 20 breast cancer patients with transportation to and from treatment, and paid for house-cleaning services for six families while undergoing treatment.
Voting is open to anyone in the United States, Canada and Panama. Separate competitions are also held in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Charities from coast-to-coast support breast cancer patients and survivors daily, and now the public has the opportunity to directly impact the lives of many through simply casting their vote. Visit http://www.pinkglovedance.com/ to watch the Pink Glove Dance videos, vote or learn more about the competition.
Back in 2009, Medline Industries, Inc. turned everyday exam gloves from blue to pink. This sparked the beginning of the company’s unique breast cancer education campaign. The introduction of the pink gloves helps take the scary out of detection exams and reminds nurses about the importance of creating a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue with patients. A few years later, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video competition, bringing 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. More than 16 million YouTube® views later, 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 need.
Source: Medline Industries, Inc.