This year, YOU can star in our Pink Glove Dance for breast cancer awareness.
For the first time, the hospital is inviting the community to don pink gloves when part of the video is filmed at the first ever McCracken County High School home football game on Aug. 24 and at the 100th anniversary of the Paducah Tilghman-Mayfield rivalry on Sept. 7. (Regular admission prices apply at each game.)
Breast cancer survivors will be spotlighted. “You can come out and enjoy some historic football and support breast cancer awareness at the same time,” said Dona Rains, director of marketing and planning at Baptist Health.
“During the last two years, we were overwhelmed by the region’s enthusiasm and support for our employee videos, so we wanted to find a way to expand this worthwhile project to include our community,” said Rains.
The video, which reminds women to get annual mammograms for early detection, will be released at PinkGloveDance.com during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
We will ask the public to vote for our video in October because the top three vote-getters in the national video contest will receive prizes up to $25,000 for the breast cancer charity of their choice.
In addition, this year each entrant must raise at least $2,000 for a separate charity. Baptist Health will sell pink “Your Fight is Our Fight” T-shirts to benefit its new Your Fight Cancer Fund, which provides assistance to local cancer patients. To order a T-shirt, phone 270.575.2780.
“You may wear your shirt when you appear in the video or just to promote the project, knowing the proceeds are benefiting local cancer patients,” Rains said.
Pink Glove Dance history
The original Pink Glove Dance video – sponsored by pink glove manufacturer Medline Industries Inc. – premiered in 2009, featuring a Portland, Ore., hospital. The next year, 17 facilities participated in videos.
In 2011, Baptist Health Paducah employees appeared in its first video, which finished sixth among 135 participants with 17,400 votes. Its video was viewed more than 32,000 times and spurred other videos at WPSD-TV and The Paducah Sun. Last year, the hospital’s video placed eighth out of 274 entries.
Medline donates a portion of the pink glove sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. To date, more than $1.2 million has been give to the foundation to fund mammograms for those who can’t afford them.