Two years ago a fun little video featuring hospital workers dancing in pink gloves debuted carrying a big message about breast cancer awareness and prevention. Two years, 13 million views, thousands of letters, emails and countless copy cat videos later, the Pink Glove Dance has spread way beyond the Portland, Oregon hospital where it all started… to Frederick Regional Health System (FMH).
FMH is one of many organizations across the U.S. and Canada that has produced its own video and as part of a national competition for the world’s best Pink Glove Dance video.
In looking back at all of the Pink Glove Dance videos on YouTube, we noticed all of them were shot entirely in or around hospitals. While we work to be a source of breast cancer awareness through events like the Pink Ribbon 5K, special screening mammography events for area businesses and an annual breast cancer symposium, we know FMH is far from alone in these efforts.
Our video goes from the hospital out into the community with stops at Harry Grove Stadium, Colonial Jewelers, Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts, Maryland School for the Deaf, Olive’s, and several other iconic Frederick locations as well as the FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center, FMH Wellness Center and FMH Crestwood, and then brings the community back to the hospital for a grand finale. We couldn’t care for our patients every day without the support of the people of Frederick; it only seemed fair to spread our thanks along with the awareness.
As part of the contest, FMH’s video is now posted on www.pinkglovedance.com along with the videos of the other participants to be viewed by the public. Viewers can then vote on their favorite video (voting requires a Facebook® account).
The top three winners will receive a donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice. The winners will be announced October 28 on www.pinkglovedance.com. First place will receive $10,000, 2nd place $5,000 and 3rd place $2,000.
We’d love to bring that prize money right here to support breast cancer awareness in Frederick! Please visit the Pink Glove Dance site and cast your vote for our video — then encourage your friends, family, co-workers, casual acquaintances and complete strangers to do the same!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this video happen! We story-boarded, planned, coordinated, choreographed (thanks to Bettie Jane from Bettie Jane’s Center of Dance Art), practiced, performed for the cameras and trusted the video to the capable, professional, volunteer videographers and editors with the Frederick Film Office. A special thanks to Butler Medical Transport who loaned us the services of one of their ambulance crews for an afternoon!
We hope you’ll agree the finished product is worth your vote!