Pink Glove Dance
Breast cancer survivors Jane Viterisi, Georgia Nichols and Shari Wallis, all Baptist Health Paducah employees, display the ‘Best Day of My Life’ signs while shooting the video.
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 *