Medwest pulls on the pink gloves
Some Haywood County residents and Medwest Haywood staff members have been pulling on pink gloves and grooving to music as a way to raise awareness for breast cancer.
They are dancing for the "Pink Glove Dance,” an idea that is getting the attention of medical centers across the nation. Hundreds of volunteers and hospital associates have been putting on their pink gloves and recording a dance to post online.
Each department uses props and a special soundtrack to "bust a move" for breast cancer awareness. The contest began last year by a medical supply company in California. This year, hundreds of hospitals are putting together You-Tube videos to vie for a $20,000 prize.
“We are so excited to be starting this tradition here,” said Janie Sinacore-Jaberg, president and CEO of MedWest Haywood. “I’ve participated in this at a previous facility and it’s a lot of fun for everyone involved. It’s a fantastic way to show our team’s dedication to raising awareness, and allows us to send a message of hope to patients near and far.”
Medwest Haywood offered half a dozen sessions last week when staff and volunteers could come participate in the dance for the video. Last Tuesday alone, 11 physicians and administrators dressed in pink and let loose in front of the camcorder.
“Many of us did this to honor our family members that we lost to breast cancer,” Sinacore-Jaberg said, while fighting back tears. “The dancing is fun — we only practiced it a couple of times, so I think we’ve done really good.”
The song Medwest chose for the dance was “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful,” by One Direction, said Christine Deidesheimer, director of strategic marketing and communications for Medwest.
“You get to choose from eight popular songs, and if you use it for Pink Glove, it’s free,” she said.
Deideseimer said making the video was a fun experience for everyone.
“These videos really do bring a message of hope and joy to breast cancer survivors everywhere,” Deideseimer said. “It brings us all together and reminds us why we’re here. And when you get to see the final product, it gives you goose bumps.”