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Baptist Health Paducah finishes 4th in Pink Glove Dance contest

Baptist Health Paducah finished in fourth place out of 106 videos and received an honorable mention for most participants in the national Pink Glove Dance breast cancer awareness contest. The video also won a third-place School Health Award of $250 for its charity, the Kentucky Cancer Program's Horses and Hope to provide mammography education to Kentucky women.

This year’s video features 14,200 people, including students from three local high schools; the mayors of Paducah and Mayfield; a professional football player; dozens of breast cancer survivors and hundreds of Baptist Health Paducah employees.

The video received nearly 30,000 votes during the two-week online voting contest, thanks to the overwhelming support of people throughout the region and state. The campaign was aimed at reminding women to get annual mammograms because early detection of breast cancer saves lives.

Besides awareness, this year’s contest provided an additional benefit with the entry requirement to raise money for a charity. Baptist Health Paducah raised almost $16,000 for its new Your Fight fund, making the region aware of this new opportunity to support local cancer patients and cancer services. 

The original Pink Glove Dance video – sponsored by pink glove manufacturer Medline Industries Inc. – premiered in 2009, featuring a Portland, Ore., hospital.

In 2011, Baptist Health Paducah employees appeared in its first video, which finished sixth among 135 participants with 17,400 votes. Last year, the hospital’s video placed eighth out of 274 entries.

Medline donates a portion of the pink glove sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. To date, more than $1.2 million has been given to the foundation to fund mammograms for those who can’t afford them.