October 25, 2013 – For the past three months, more than 80,000 healthcare professionals and breast cancer survivors across America and around the world have been hard at work choreographing their pink glove dances in the fight against breast cancer through the third annual Medline Pink Glove Dance Video competition. Now through Nov. 8, 2013, all people are invited to join in the effort by voting for their favorite pink glove dance at www.pinkglovedance.com
“The Medline Pink Glove Dance is an international breast cancer awareness movement that gives people affected by the disease a reason to smile and get silly, while saving lives,” said Sue MacInnes, co-founder of the Pink Glove Dance and chief marketing officer for Medline, a leading supplier of medical supplies and maker of the pink exam gloves. “It’s infectious, it’s fun and it’s sparking important conversations about breast cancer education and prevention.”
Every vote supports fund-raising efforts at both the local and national levels. To date, Medline has donated more than $1.2 million for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic procedures for more than 200,000 women in need through the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Additionally, this year’s participants collectively raised nearly $1 million for local breast cancer charities.
“Our mission is to help extend women’s lives through early detection and education,” said Janelle Hail, founder, President and CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “We are grateful to have partners like Medline that share in that vision and dancers across the country who are coming together for the same important cause.”
Three winners will be announced on Nov. 15, with the winning video receiving a $25,000 donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice; second place will receive $10,000 and third place $5,000.
History of the Pink Glove Dance
The original Pink Glove Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200 Portland, Ore. hospital workers wearing pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. Today the video has nearly 14 million views on YouTube®. A sequel was produced in October 2010 featuring 4,000 health care workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America. In 2011, the first national Medline Pink Glove Dance Video competition was held. In all, more than 150,000 passionate people have danced in Medline Pink Glove Dance videos.
“Clinicians on the frontlines of care use the pink gloves to help make difficult conversations about breast cancer with their patients easier,” said MacInnes. “Now thousands of healthcare workers are wearing them not just in October but year-round because the message of early detection is a 12-month campaign.”
As the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care agencies and providers, and retailers. Recently named one of the nation’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services. Click here to find out how to connect with Medline on a variety of social media channels for all the latest news on initiatives, innovations and products.
About the National Breast Cancer Foundation ®
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for eight years, NBCF provides women “Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow®” through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org