Nantucket Cottage Hospital has entered the 2014 Pink Glove Dance competition to bring together island caregivers, cancer patients and survivors, and the Nantucket community to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for the Marla Ceely Lamb Cancer Travel Fund.
The Pink Glove Dance is an international competition in which hospitals and health care facilities from around the world organize and produce music videos—featuring, of course, pink-colored exam gloves—to raise breast cancer awareness and prevention.
Voting in the competition began Tuesday, and the winners in each category will receive $10,000 toward the breast cancer charity of their choice. Voting is tied to an e-mail address, so each registered e-mail can vote once a day through September 23. Winners will be announced October 2. Vote here for Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s video pinkglovedance.com/videos/2014-video-contest/healthcare-system/nantucket-cottage-hospital.
The Nantucket Cottage Hospital Pink Glove Dance video was produced by Lisa Frey of Nantucket Event Media, and features NCH staff, cancer patients and survivors, as well as community members dancing to “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors next to some of the island’s iconic landmarks, and symbolically waving cancer goodbye.
“As we danced around the island with our pink gloves, it wasn’t about the dancing ability of the dancers as much as it was about the unity of purpose in this project,” said Betsey Minihan, the NCH Nursing Department administrative assistant, who choreographed the video. “You never know who you are standing next to: the woman who lost her 30-year-old-daughter, the co-worker who you have known for 35 years or the newly diagnosed—we are all touched by breast cancer in one way or another. If our video spreads awareness in any way, we will have accomplished what we set out to do.”
This is the fourth year of the Pink Glove Dance video competition sponsored by Medline, a supplier of medical, surgical and pharmaceutical products. The competition started because of the overwhelming and enthusiastic response to the original Pink Glove Dance video, featuring 200 workers from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, USA dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention.