Pink Gloves Dance Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

Dancing firemen wearing pink gloves and bras, an O.R. scene that will leave you in stitches, and a cafeteria serving up a “special” off-the-menu item—they’re all scenes from USMD Hospital’s entry in the second annual Pink Glove Dance Competition to promote breast cancer awareness. Of course, there are lots of pink gloves, too—surgical ones worn by hospital staffers and actual breast cancer survivors as they bust a move to the upbeat tune Down by Jay Sean.

You can watch the entire video at http://pinkglovedance.com/competition/vote.php. Even better, you can vote for USMD Hospital’s Pink Glove Dance video between now and November 2 at noon. The top three videos with the most votes will win a $10,000, $5,000 or $2,000 donation to their favorite breast cancer charity. Winners will be announced on November 2, 2012. Your vote is a fun and easy way to support breast cancer awareness, and help USMD Hospital win money for its charity—the Moncrief Cancer Foundation.

USMD’s dance video gets off to an impressive start with employees forming a giant pink ribbon—the iconic symbol for breast cancer awareness—in the hospital lobby. Mid way through you’ll see several physicians and employees all decked out in their pink shades dancing around on the lawn of the Fort Worth facility. But the most poignant scene features a chorus line of breast cancer survivors. One-by-one, they extend a gloved hand that reveals how long they have been cancer-free: eight years, seven years, 10 months, 11 months and one year. Several of the survivors in the video are actual employees of USMD Hospital at Arlington and USMD Hospital at Fort Worth—demonstrating how personal USMD’s commitment to the fight against breast cancer really is. 

The Pink Glove Dance video is just one way USMD Hospital demonstrates its “culture of caring.”  That culture has earned the physician owned hospitals in Arlington and Fort Worth several very prestigious honors – including the Arlington facility being named number four in the nation for cancer care and the Fort Worth facility earning national recognition for its patient satisfaction ratings.

Of course, nurturing hope was the inspiration behind the very first Pink Glove Dance video three years ago. Produced by Medline—the makers of surgical gloves (including special pink ones in honor of breast cancer awareness month) and other hospital supplies—the original video featured 200 employees at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, and quickly became a YouTube sensation. Not only did it rack up 13 million views, it inspired countless other healthcare organizations around the country to make their own Pink Glove Dance video. Last year, Medline decided to channel all that enthusiasm into the Pink Glove Dance Competition. This year, more than 260 organizations have entered—including USMD Hospital. 

You can be part of the excitement, too. Watch USMD Hospital’s Pink Glove Dance video at http://pinkglovedance.com/competition/vote.php and cast your vote by noon on November 2. It’s a simple way to raise breast cancer awareness, support breast cancer survivors and help win money for the Moncrief Cancer Foundation!

 

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