The votes are in. This year, more than 68,000 physicians, administrators, nurses, breast cancer survivors and community members dressed in pink exam gloves to create dance videos for breast cancer awareness. And nearly 60 teams across the U.S. and Canada mobilized to create dance videos for breast cancer awareness.
It was all part of the fifth annual Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition – the only breast cancer awareness campaign to unite thousands of healthcare professionals, patients, survivors and communities all through the joy of dancing.
This year’s grand prize winner is: Infirmary Health.
About the Grand Prize Winner:
- Infirmary Health’s winning video represents a breast cancer patient’s journey, from entering the hospital, receiving a diagnosis, undergoing treatment to ringing the bell and entering remission. As they leave the hospital in the video, they throw back pom-poms to those who have inspired and cheered them on along the way.
- Largest non-governmental not-for-profit healthcare system in Alabama
- Received more than 20 percent of the total votes
- Won a $15,000 donation from Medline to the mid-south division of the American Cancer Society
- Through fundraising efforts, Infirmary Health raised an additional $43,000 for their breast cancer charity of choice
- From Mark Nix, president and CEO of Infirmary Health: “Winning the Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition is a remarkable accomplishment for our organization. We treat breast cancer patients every day at Infirmary Health, so our participation in this contest is very personal to us. In fact, many of the survivors featured in our video are employees and members of our Infirmary Health family,” Nix said. “We are honored to have received such an outpouring of support of our team’s video from local, state, national and even international friends who voted for us.”
Meet the runners-up
This year’s runners-up also received donations to a breast cancer charity of their choice. First place in each category received a $10,000 donation, second place received a $5,000 donation, and third place received a $2,500 donation. They are:
- Chino Valley Medical Center (first place, small-bed) – $10,000 donation to the American Cancer Society
- Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation (first place, non-healthcare) – $10,000 donation to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital
- Baptist Health Paducah (second place, large-bed category) – $5,000 donation to the American Cancer Society
- University Medical Center of Princeton (second place, small-bed category) – $5,000 donation to the Breast Cancer Resource Center at YWCA of Princeton, N.J
- Baptist Health Montgomery (second place, non-healthcare) – $5,000 donation to the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama
- LewisGale Regional Health System (third place, large-bed) – $2,500 donation to Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
- Pocono Medical Center (third place, small-bed) – $2,500 donation to the Pocono Health Foundation
- Sonoma West Medical Foundation (third place, non-healthcare) – $2,500 donation to Bay Area Young Survivors
Some walk for breast cancer awareness. Others run. We dance while wearing pink gloves. The Pink Glove Dance competition provides communities with an organized event that supports everyone who’s been touched by breast cancer. The participation from thousands of dancers over the years has helped us make a significant impact in providing breast cancer related charities with the essential resources they need to carry out education and prevention initiatives.
In recognition of October’s breast cancer awareness month, visit www.pinkglovedance.com to view all of this year’s videos.