Voting for the Pink Glove Dance Competition began Oct. 12, and the public can begin going online to vote on their favorite video. The winners will be announced Nov. 2, with the winning teams receiving a donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice.
The wildly popular competition features videos of nursing teams from around the country performing dance routines wearing pink gloves in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year's competition kicked off July 2 and was open to any organization in the U.S. and Canada that wanted to gather a group of healthcare workers to produce and submit their own pink glove dance video. The deadline to receive the videos was September 28.
Medline's inaugural pink glove dance competition in 2010 and attracted 139 entries from hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other organizations across U.S. and Canada. The national competition quickly became a national social media phenomenon with more than 1.2 million views, half a million online votes and thousands of tweets, blogs and texts. In all, more than 17,000 people were featured in the videos, which are all available for viewing at pinkglovedance.com.
Last year's national winner was Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC, with 61,054 votes -- more than four times the population of their entire city (14,061). Their creative video features a dancing environmental-services assistant, as well as hundreds of hospital staff, including a number of breast cancer survivors, all dancing in pink gloves to Katy Perry's hit song "Firework."
To view videos for the 2012 competition, go to http://www.pinkglovedance.com/.
The original Pink Glove Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200 hospital workers in Portland, OR wearing Medline's pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention.
Today, that original video has more than 15 million views on YouTube and has been the inspiration for hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events across the country. A sequel was produced in 2010 featuring 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America.
"The Pink Glove Dance competition encourages anyone who wants to create their own video to participate and do their part to bring hope and support to those affected by breast cancer," says Medline's President Andy Mills. "It is especially gratifying to have all of these nurses participating in their own video today because we created the pink glove dance in part to honor these healthcare providers who care for those afflicted with this terrible disease."
Earliers this year, Mills presented the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) with a check for $200,000 to help fund mammograms for underserved women. Medline has now donated more than $1 million to the NBCF as part of Medline's campaign to promote early detection and awareness of breast cancer. Studies show early detection of breast cancer can increase the 5-year survival rate by more than 95 percent.
"We are proud to do our part to help women get mammograms regardless of their ability to pay," Mills said. "We are committed to continue to support screening and early detection, which we all know, saves lives."
The donation to NBCF was derived, in part, from the proceeds from Medline's Generation Pink gloves and other pink products Medline manufactures and sells such as canes, walkers, apparel and other healthcare items.