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Hospitals vie for Pink Glove Dance prize

Oct. 8, 2011 at 1:59 AM   |   Comments

MAYWOOD, Ill., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. hospitals are taking part in an online competition to find the hospital with the best Pink Glove Dance video, a Chicago-area hospital official says.

Jackie Kareb, a nurse manager at the department of home care and hospice at Loyola University Health System, said the Pink Glove Dance movement began two years ago when the original video was created with more than 200 employees at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore.

That video, in which hospital staff wearing pink gloves dance to Jay Sean's "Down," has generated more than 13 million views on YouTube and has inspired a sequel, along with countless other Pink Glove Dance videos across the country, Kareb said.

The goal of the competition is to raise awareness of breast cancer. The winner, to be announced Oct. 28, will receive $10,000 for a breast cancer charity of their choice.

Loyola and several other hospitals have entered the online competition. To vote go to http://pinkglovedance.com/competition through Oct. 21.

Voters must "like" the video on Facebook to cast their vote, Kareb said.

"Loyola employees were thrilled to be a part of the Pink Glove Dance craze," Kareb said in a statement. "They had fun dancing for a good cause to get more people talking about breast cancer."

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