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Get Your Pink Glove Groove On!

Published August 7, 2013 11:55 AM by Chuck Holt

From funny skits breaking into sillier dance routines to hundreds of very carefully and cleverly choreographed productions, nurses from all corners of the U.S., Canada — and this year Panama as well — are submitting their videos for Medline's third annual Pink Glove Dance video competition to raise breast cancer awareness.

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According to competition host Medline, since this year's competition launched July 1 more than 160 teams with 50,000 dancers from across the country, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other community organizations, have already signed up.

The original Medline Pink Glove Dance video premiered in the November 2009 featuring 200 hospital workers wearing Medline's pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention.The original video has since logged almost 14 million views on YouTube and has been the inspiration for hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events worldwide.

For the past two years, Medline, the largest U.S. manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, has held a national competition to find the best video in North America. Last year, the competition attracted 275 entries and more than 80,000 people in 42 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Separate competitions were also held in New Zealand and Australia.

Medline is donating a portion of each sale of the pink gloves to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them. What's more, Medline will now make a $25,000 donation to the breast cancer charity of the overall winner's choice; second place will receive $10,000 and third place $5,000.

Also new to the competition this year is an Artist's Choice category. Music groups 98° and Green River Ordinance, each of whom has a song as part of the competition, will choose a video for special recognition.

Contestants also have additional music selections to feature in the videos, including:

"Treasure" by Bruno Mars(new)
"Alive" by Krewella (new)
"Rise Up" by Green River Ordinance (new)
"What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction(new)
"Some Nights" by Fun.
"Change the World" by Outasight
"Tonight is the Night" by Outasight
"Brave" by Sara Bareilles
"Impossible Things" by 98°

In addition, the top three video entries from academic institutions will again be eligible for a gift card and charity donation through School Health Corporation, a provider of medical supplies and equipment to school nurses and other specialty healthcare professionals.Gift card prizes and charitable donations range from $250 to $500.

The deadline for submitting your video for this year's competition is Oct. 4.All videos will then be posted online starting Oct. 25, with winners announced Nov. 15.

So what are you waiting for?Grab a few colleagues and put your heads together to see what you might come up with. It's for a great cause after all. And if you get in jam, or if you have participated in the past and have and tips and advice you can lend others please come back here to discuss and share your insights.


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