Pink Glove Dance raises breast cancer awareness

Pink Glove Dance raises breast cancer awareness
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
The gloves are coming off.
The pink gloves.
Obion County has two entries vying for the community’s votes in the 2012 Pink Glove Dance competition — a nationwide music video contest to help in the fight against breast cancer.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City and the Obion County Emergency Communications District (E911) have each submitted entries in this year’s contest.
Both have also designated Hometown Walk of Hope as their charity in the event they win prize money — which includes $10,000 for the first-place video, $5,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.
The Pink Glove Dance competition is sponsored by Medline Industries, which produced the original Pink Glove Dance video three years ago to raise breast cancer awareness. Little did the company know that the video — featuring dancers wearing pink medical gloves on their hands — would take on a life of its own. It has generated more than 13 million views on YouTube and inspired countless pink glove dance videos and events worldwide.
In 2010, the medical supply company created a sequel featuring more than 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors nationwide; and, in 2011, with continued interest, Medline hosted its first online nationwide competition to find the best Pink Glove Dance video. It drew 139 entries from hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other organizations — and became a national phenomenon.
As the October observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month shifts into high gear, video entries have been submitted for this year’s second annual Pink Glove Dance video competition — among them those from BMH-Union City and the local 911 office.
Online voting for the top video begins Friday and continues until Oct. 26. Votes may be cast at the website www.pinkglove dance.com.
Entrants could choose one of six officially licensed contest songs for their video submission, with BMH-Union City selecting “You Won’t Dance Alone” by the Best Day Ever and Obion County’s 911 choosing “Part of Me” by Katy Perry.
The local hospital’s entry features 83 employees, or about 25 percent of its workforce, and two physicians who were filmed over a couple days, according to Kara Ward, marketing and public relations coordinator for BMH-Union City. There are 13 departments represented, including in-surance, patient accounts, health information management, hospice, lab, administration, pharmacy, surgery, food and nutrition, radiology, nursing, physical therapy and Health Quest.
The entry from Obion County 911 features 77 people and represents six agencies filmed in four locations over several days. It includes 911 dispatchers, staff and board members, also well as family members and personnel from the Samburg, Hornbeak and South Fulton fire departments, Obion County Rescue Squad and local EMS, according to Obion County Emergency Communications District executive director Sherri Hanna.
Both local entries also prominently feature cancer survivors in their videos.
BMH-UC’s entry
BMH-Union City’s entry was officially unveiled Tuesday during viewer parties held at the hospital’s Tower Conference Room throughout the afternoon. Laughter was heard often as staff members watched themselves and their colleagues dance for the camera — some as choreographed routines with pink props and others simply as free dance.
The hospital’s four-minute entry was filmed and edited by Chad Brewer of Studio B Productions.
“They all put forth so much effort and it was so creative,” Ms. Ward told The Messenger.
Hospital administrator and CEO Skipper Bondurant said the video gave the BMH staff an opportunity to get together and have fun as a team, but also to participate in a great project for breast cancer awareness.
“I hope you had fun. You’ll definitely have fun watching this video,” he said prior to one showing.
Ms. Ward said Pink Glove Dance sponsor Medline “has done a wonderful thing by bringing attention to breast cancer awareness.” She said, according to the Centers for Disease Control, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and is also one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women of all races.
She said the hospital needs the community’s support for its video and she urged her colleagues to tell their friends and family members about online voting.
“Just remember — it all started with a pair of pink gloves,” she said.
911’s entry
The Obion County Emer-gency Communications District’s entry in the contest was inspired by dispatcher and communications training officer Donna Jones, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago at the age of 31.
“We are thrilled that she is cancer-free at 33,” Mrs. Hanna said.
Ms. Jones underwent a mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy and she has now been cancer-free for two years and 12 days. She had a family history of cancer and was diagnosed just one month after her 31st birthday during a routine checkup.
Ms. Jones became aware of the Pink Glove Dance video competition after hearing about an entry submitted last year by Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. It was too late for 911 to enter last year, but she started making plans to participate this year.
During the videotaping of 911’s three-minute entry by Mrs. Hanna and Mary Helen Maddox, the music was played for participants and “we just kind of let them do their own thing,” according to Ms. Jones. The only requirement was they had to show their pink medical gloves — some enhanced in the entry by pink sleeves and feathered cuffs sewed by dispatcher Judi Dielman, as well as special shirts for dancers.
“Having a good time and doing it for a good cause is what we tried to do,” Ms. Jones said. “We’re proud to have done it, whether we place at all. If we can get one of those three (prizes), we’ll be very delighted to be able to give the money to Hometown Walk of Hope.”
Like the group from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, the crew from Obion County 911 is also urging local residents to go online and vote for their entry in the contest — especially since a win either way could yield a significant donation to Hometown Walk of Hope.
“We’d like to get as many votes as we can,” Ms. Jones said. “Of course, we know Baptist is doing it, too, so as long as Obion County can come together and vote for the Obion County videos, then hopefully we can accomplish something here. Cancer is something that touches everybody.
“Just vote for a good cause,” she added. “If somebody from Obion County can pull that off and give to a charity, I just say ‘Go, Obion County — vote.’”
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.10.12

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