Jefferson Regional Hospital Staff Dances for Breast Cancer Awareness
More than 250 Jefferson Regional Medical Center staff members and volunteers laced up their dancing shoes Sept. 11 to participate in the Pink Glove Dance, a national competition to raise funds for breast cancer research.
Jefferson Regional staff members and volunteers created departmental dances that were filmed at various hospital locations, directed by Hollywood producer/director/actor Marty Schiff (Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Knightriders), artistic director of the Pittsburgh Actors Lab and executive producer at Euphoria Post Production.
Schiff admits he has a fondness for Jefferson Regional Medical Center after undergoing triple bypass surgery last year with Chong Park, MD, at Jefferson Regional’s Heart Institute. “I feel great now,” he noted before the filming.
After the department dances, a large group dance video featuring the employees – whose jobs ranged from nursing, pharmacy and respiratory therapy, to diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, cardiopulmonary, and more – was filmed in a courtyard on the hospital campus. Each of the dancers wore the required pair of pink surgical gloves.
This is the second year for the competition that started as a fun way to increase awareness of the importance of early detection. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is Jefferson Regional’s first year as a participant.
Entrants submit dance videos to the Pink Glove Dance website and viewers vote for their favorite. The three videos with the most online votes at www.pinkglovedance.com will win a donation to a charity of the winners’ choice that supports breast cancer research. Dancers are vying for a top donation of $10,000 for their charity.
All videos will be posted on pinkglovedance.com on Oct. 12. Viewers will then be able to vote for their favorite video. Winners will be determined by votes and other judging criteria. Voting ends on Oct. 26, and winners will be announced on Nov. 2.