Pink Glove Dance
Baptist Health Paducah wins third place in
national Pink Glove Dance video competition
Receives $2,500 donation to benefit breast cancer education and prevention
(Paducah, Ky.) Oct. 2, 2014 – Baptist Health Paducah danced its way into the nation’s Top 3 in the Pink Glove Dance video competition for breast cancer awareness.
Medline Industries Inc. presented the $2,500 third prize at a news conference today in the Baptist Heart Center auditorium. The prize benefits the hospital’s breast cancer charity of choice, the Kentucky Cancer Program’s Horses and Hope breast cancer education services. To enter the contest, Baptist Health Paducah also raised more than $2,000 for its charity, the Your Fight Fund, which benefits local cancer patients and services.
Videos from more than 30 states were submitted in the dance competition, which unites thousands of clinicians, survivors and communities to celebrate hope for a cure and honor all who have been affected by breast cancer in a fun and memorable way through the joy of dance.
The winners were determined by public online voting over a two-week period. Baptist Health Paducah received 27,589 online votes for its video.
“We are grateful to the public safety workers from 12 regional agencies and 24 breast cancer survivors who partnered with our staff this year on the video,” said William A. Brown, hospital president, one of the 175 dancers in pink gloves, “and we especially appreciate everyone who voted and shared our message.”
Bonnie Schrock, Baptist Health Paducah chief operating officer, was one of the breast cancer survivors featured in the video. “The dance is a fun way to convey an important message – early detection of breast cancer through mammograms can save lives,” she said.
In the 90-second video to the song “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, Schrock and other survivors held signs noting a significant date in their lives -- some the dates they were cancer-free; others “Today” and “Every Day.” Fire trucks, police cruisers, ambulances and even a helicopter delivered them to the hospital campus to join the doctors, nurses and other staff in the dance.
The video was produced by Curt Stewart of Emerging Media Productions.
It was Baptist Health Paducah’s fourth consecutive entry in the national contest, finishing sixth in 2011, eighth in 2012 and fourth in 2013.
“Congratulations to Baptist Health, who made an amazing video that honors the hundreds of thousands diagnosed each year with breast cancer, as well as honoring the caregivers, who so passionately care for those battling this disease,” said Sue MacInnes, Medline’s chief market solutions officer and co-founder of the Pink Glove Dance. “And for the thousands of dancers participating this year, we thank you for reminding those who are facing cancer that they are not alone and have the support of their entire community.”
Baptist Health Paducah captured third place in the Health System category, as well as third most overall votes in the competition behind first-place Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona, Calif., and second-place Bellin Health in Green Bay, Wisc.
Medline donates a portion of each sale of its Generation Pink® exam gloves to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to help save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms and support services for those in need.
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. With so many organizations wanting to participate in their own video, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video competition in 2011. In all, nearly 200,000 passionate people have danced in Medline Pink Glove Dance videos worldwide. “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 healthcare workers are wearing them not just in October but year-round because the message of early detection is a 12-month campaign.”
Emergency workers, breast cancer survivors join
Baptist Health Paducah in Pink Glove Dance
The fire trucks, police cruisers and ambulances at Baptist Health Paducah early July 8 weren’t there for an emergency. They were on a different mission – to spread the word about breast cancer awareness.
Representatives from 12 public safety agencies throughout western Kentucky joined 24 breast cancer survivors, as well as hospital doctors, nurse and staff, to film the hospital’s fourth annual Pink Glove Dance video:
Paducah Fire Department, Paducah Police, Paducah Bomb Squad, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, PHI Air Medical, Mercy EMS, Ballard County EMS, Carlisle County EMS, Livingston County EMS, Murray-Calloway EMS and Reidland-Farley Fire Department. WPSD Local6 also participated.
The national Pink Glove Dance video contest reminds women to get annual mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. See PinkGloveDance.com.
“We are thankful to our public safety workers for partnering with us this year on the video,” said Bonnie Schrock, Baptist Health Paducah chief operating officer. “We are excited to show the country how our hospital teams with dedicated emergency workers daily in providing for the health and well-being of our community.”
For this year’s entry in the contest, local survivors held signs noting a significant date in their lives, as they danced to “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors. Some marked the dates they were cancer-free; others said “Today” and “Every Day” are the best days of their lives.
Survivor Icy Gardner chose “8-30-06” to represent her five-year survivor mark. “I feel so blessed to be a survivor and to have been dancing today with so many others,” said Gardner, who works in compliance at Baptist Health Paducah. “Not to mention, I got my first ride in a fire truck, got my picture made with a state trooper and enjoyed sitting next to some good-looking firefighter. All in all, it was a very good time.”
The hospital’s video has placed in the nation’s Top 8 each of the past three years. The top winners earn cash prizes for breast cancer charities, so Baptist Health Paducah asks for your votes to support the Kentucky Cancer Program’s Horses and Hope breast cancer education program. Vote once daily Sept. 9-23 at PinkGloveDance.com.
Also, to enter the contest, Baptist Health must raise $2,000 for its charity, the Your Fight Fund, which benefits local cancer patients and services. Donations can be sent to Baptist Health Foundation Paducah, c/o Pink Glove 2014, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah Ky. 42003.
PINK GLOVE DANCE
Baptist Health Paducah wins honor for most
participants 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.
* Read about some of our stars from 2012 *