Pretty in Pink
Walking to an early morning breakfast event at the Association of periOperative
Registered Nurses (AORN) conference, held March 7-11, I kept thinking of my
friend, Lisa. Still recovering from a double mastectomy and reconstructive
surgery during her fight with breast cancer, she would often attend shows with
me in the past to cover events for our magazines. On March 9, I was attending
the launch of the Medline Pink Glove Dance Video Competition. As I walked into
the large gala room, it was flooded with pink lights and nearly 1,000 nurses were
getting ready to kick off the competition. I sat down at a table with nurses
from Boston, Kansas and Nebraska to eat my food, but we were soon all jumping
to our feet as we began to honor breast cancer survivors through the joy of
The Medline Pink Glove Dance is the only campaign to
unite nearly 200,000 healthcare professionals, patients, survivors and
communities to share hope for a cure and honor those affected by the disease.
Breast Cancer survivor and former “Dancing With the Stars” host Samantha Harris
danced side-by-side with the nurses and shared her personal cancer journey.
“I knew I was in the right place when I walked into
the Breast Center at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Nurses held my
hand, listened to me and I never felt alone,” Harris said at the event. “Cancer
had a chance to break me down but I was determined to fight back with strength
Nurses will be highlighting the very first Pink Glove Dance video, as well
as last year’s winner and other ones at www.advanceweb.com/nurses to
inspire you to challenge your colleagues to enter your dance moves. The
competition is running in its fifth year and includes the U.S., Canada and
Panama. To register, go to http://www.pinkglovedance.com/.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of 8
women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. I’m thankful
every day my friend, Lisa, is cancer free. With support from Medline, which has
donated more than $1.6 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, more
awareness of the disease will be able to be spread throughout the community to
help those numbers finally reach zero.