PORT HURON, MI – McLaren Port Huron has joined other hospitals across the country in the effort to raise awareness of breast cancer and support breast cancer research. Medline’s National Pink Glove Dance Video Competition, which began in 2009, has quickly become a social media phenomenon. More than 80,000 people have participated, with videos generating millions of views and votes.
In September, McLaren Port Huron, along with its community partner RadioFirst, produced its own 90 second video and entered the 2013 Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition for a chance to win and donate the $25,000 prize to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research. The video features approximately 175 employees, physicians and community participants dancing to the song “Change the World” by Outasight. All dancers are wearing pink exam gloves to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer through mammograms.
“The passion and energy displayed by our participants is infectious and inspiring. Everyone has helped make Medline’s Pink Glove Dance a ‘movement’ in every sense of the word,” says Luann Black, manager of Women’s Wellness Place and video producer. “We’re excited to share the video and hope to count on the community for their votes to support this worthwhile cause.”
Each year, more than 125 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in St. Clair County. McLaren Port Huron is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and provides more than 7,750 screening mammograms annually to individuals in our community. McLaren Port Huron’s staff is dedicated to prevention and early detection of breast cancer, through screening mammograms, and offers treatment, education and support services to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer.
To win the competition, McLaren Port Huron needs to win the most votes. To vote for McLaren Port Huron’s video, visit www.porthuronhospital.org/pink and click on the voting link. Voting starts October 25 at 1 p.m. EST and continues through November 8, 2013. There is a limit of one vote per email address per video per day. The winners will be announced November 15.
As the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies, Medline is focused on helping to improve the quality of care for patients and residents. Breast cancer awareness is a natural extension of Medline’s corporate mission to help save lives through the early detection of breast cancer. Based in Mundelein, Illinois, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, physician offices, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies and other markets.
History of the Pink Glove Dance
The original Pink Glove Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200 Portland, Oregon hospital workers wearing pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. Today the video has more than 13.8 million views on YouTube® and has inspired hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events throughout the world. Because of the overwhelming response to the original video, a sequel was produced in October 2010 featuring 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America.
Medline is donating a portion of the proceeds from each sale of the Generation Pink® gloves and other Medline pink branded products to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Since 2005, Medline has donated more than $1.2 million to the NBCF to help fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them, as well as other educational and prevention resources.