Vote for Western Baptist Pink Glove Dance

What is it about breast cancer that makes people want to dance?

Not having had breast cancer, I was afraid people would think the Pink Glove Dance was insensitive to the one in eight women affected by this disease. When Western Baptist Hospital created its first video last year, I found out immediately how wrong I was.

There is something about breast cancer – especially about fighting breast cancer – that invigorates and unites women and men, young and old, the working and the retired, executives and support staff.

Our inspiration comes from those who fight and beat breast cancer. Putting on pink gloves, kicking up our heels and smiling ear to ear while we move to the music is our way of showing we’re in this fight together!

The excitement from our first dance was so contagious that we have entered another video in this year’s national contest at pinkglovedance.com.

This year’s video starts with our star getting a diagnosis from the doctor.

She is 43-year-old nurse Patty Harrison, diagnosed seven years ago. Because she is grateful to be cancer-free following early detection and treatment, she danced her way out of shyness, hoping her courage would inspire others.

The doctor is radiation oncologist Jeffrey Triplett, M.D., chair of our cancer committee. Dr. Triplett works every day helping people like Patty fight cancer.

Katy Perry’s opening lyrics, “Days like this I want to drive away,” match Patty’s mood; but caregivers, survivors, even friends on the Murray State University campus convince her that hope is the “…part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me.”

Other dancers include Murray State University basketball coach Steve Prohm, Racer dancers and students; as well as Western Baptist Hospital doctors, nurses and staff, including several breast cancer survivors.

We all dance to say: We believe in you…we believe in hope.

You can join us by voting for our video via Facebook through Oct. 26.

The top three vote-getters in the national social media contest will win cash for a breast cancer charity. Ours is the Kentucky Cancer Program’s “Just Us Girls” mammography education project.

Your vote means:

  1.  You are aware that early detection by mammogram saves lives.
  2. You support our efforts to educate others about early detection.

Please share this with your friends and family. We invite you to laugh at us, we know you may shed a tear or two; but, above all, we urge you to get that mammogram.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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