MUNDELEIN, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This year, physicians, administrators, nurses, breast cancer survivors and community members from 16 different states dressed in pink exam gloves to create dance videos for breast cancer awareness. It was all part of the sixth 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.
The votes are in and Medline is excited to announce this year’s grand prize winner, University Medical Center of El Paso. Receiving 18,276 votes, the most votes overall, El Paso’s only not-for-profit, community-owned hospital and healthcare system has won a $15,000 donation from Medline to Sobreviviendo el Cancer de Seno (Surviving Breast Cancer) Infusion Center. Furthermore, El Paso raised an additional $3,500 for their breast cancer charity of choice to fulfill the competition fundraising requirement.
Pink Glove Dance teams throughout the U.S. are required to create 90-second videos and raise a minimum of $2,000 for a breast cancer charity of their choice. Nearly 30 teams participated this year. Through online, public voting, nine winners have been selected throughout three categories – large-bed, small-bed and non-bed healthcare. In addition to winning the grand prize title, El Paso won first place in the large-bed category. The following are this year’s runners-up who also received donations to a breast cancer charity of their choice.
- Chino Valley Medical Center (first place, small-bed) – $10,000 donation to the Let It Be Foundation.
- Montgomery Cancer Center (first place, non-healthcare) – $10,000 donation to the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama.
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (second place, large-bed category) – $5,000 donation to the Susan G. Komen Arkansas affiliate.
- Community Hospital East (second place, small-bed category) – $5,000 donation to the Little Red Door Cancer Agency.
- Arlington Cancer Center (second place, non-healthcare) – $5,000 donation to the American Cancer Society Fort Worth.
- LewisGale Regional Health System (third place, large-bed) – $2,500 donation to Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
- Byron Health Center (third place, small-bed) – $2,500 donation to Francine’s Friends.
- Penn Medicine Department of Community Radiology (third place, non-healthcare) – $2,500 donation to UNITE For HER.
“The Pink Glove Dance campaign gives healthcare professionals and their communities a chance to support breast cancer patients and survivors in a joyful way,” said Sue MacInnes, co-creator of the Pink Glove Dance Competition and chief market solutions officer at Medline. “Through the competition, we continue to push for education in hopes of early detection and prevention and advocate for charities that dedicate funds to support awareness and research.”
UMC El Paso’s winning video is a message of hope, encouragement and unity that begins moments after a patient is told she will join the many thousands of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Through messages of support, hope and love, along with cheers toward victory, the survivors show the world that they can feel better and dance with the challenges ahead. Their video was made possible due to the hundreds of people who participated, including employees and community members like the local fire and police departments.
“Winning the Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition is a victory for all of El Paso, especially for the many women in our community affected by breast cancer," said Jacob Cintron, President and CEO of University Medical Center of El Paso. "From inception to completion of our video, volunteer support from throughout our hospital and community poured in to create a message of hope and encouragement. We are confident there will come a day when a cure will be found and contests such as these will not be needed. Until then, however, we are honored to have taken another step toward that eventual victory through this wonderful and generous contest."
Visit www.pinkglovedance.com to view this year’s winning videos.
About Medline’s Pink Glove Dance Campaign
Back in 2009, Medline Industries, Inc. turned everyday exam gloves from green to pink. This sparked the beginning of the company’s unique breast cancer education campaign. The introduction of pink gloves helps take the scary out of detection exams and remind nurses about the importance of creating a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue with their patients. A few years later, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video competition, bringing together 250,000 healthcare professionals, patients and communities to celebrate hope for a cure and honor all who have been affected by the disease – all through the joy of dancing. More than 17 million YouTube® views later, the Medline Pink Glove Dance competition has inspired nearly 1,000 dance videos and raised $1.4 million for breast cancer charities nationwide. In addition, Medline has donated $1.7 MM to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) in support of their mission to save lives through early detection and free mammograms for women in need.
Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to www.medline.com or http://www.medline.com/social-media to connect with Medline on its social media channels.