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UMCP Wins Second Place in the 5th Annual National Pink Glove Dance Competition

Oct 1, 2015
$5,000 donation to the Breast Cancer Resource Center will benefit breast cancer education and prevention initiatives


2015 marks the fifth year that the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition has united dancers nationwide, including healthcare professionals, breast cancer patients and survivors to celebrate and raise awareness for those still fighting—all through the joy of dance

The votes are in and Medline announced today that University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) has won second place in the small-bed category for the 2015 Pink Glove Dance Video Competition.

Determined by public online voting, UMCP received 18,388 votes, and has won a $5,000 donation from Medline to the breast cancer charity of its choice, the Breast Cancer Resource Center at YWCA Princeton. Alexander Wolfson, MD, a board certified anesthesiologist on staff at UMCP, and his wife, Natasha Wolfson, MD, have pledged a $5,000 gift to match Medline's donation. In addition, UMCP raised $2,000 before the video competition began, for a total $12,000 raised to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

"This organization has so many amazing people, and their talent, creativity and energy was evident in every second of the video," said Barbara Christiano, RN, MS, BSN, NEA-BC, Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer at UMCP. "We dedicated our efforts to the survivors—including coworkers, family members, and others in our community—who graced us with their presence at the video shoots and played a starring role in the video. I am honored to have been one of many who danced with them."

The video depicts the marathon that is cancer treatment, the tremendous courage of patients and survivors and the unwavering support they receive from others along the road to recovery. More than 185 dancers, including nurses, other employees, physicians, survivors, friends and family members, appeared in the video. The survivors pass a baton as they progress through various areas, including UMCP's Breast Health Center, the Radiation and Infusion centers and the Healing Garden located outside UMCP's Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care. The video concludes with the survivors crossing the finish line as they exit the Healing Garden. The entire journey is set to the tune of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

"Congratulations to University Medical Center of Princeton for putting together such an amazing video that has grabbed the attention of thousands of people from around the country," said Sue MacInnes, chief market solutions officer, Medline. "Some walk for breast cancer awareness. Others run. We dance wearing pink gloves for breast cancer awareness and prevention. It is Medline's unified mission to eradicate breast cancer. The Pink Glove Dance competition provides communities with an organized event that supports everyone who's been touched by breast cancer. The participation from thousands of dancers over the years has helped us make a significant impact in providing breast cancer related charities with the essential resources they need to carry out education and prevention initiatives."

There were nine total winners in this year's Pink Glove Dance video competition throughout three categories—Large-Bed, Small-Bed and Non-Healthcare. Each winner has received a donation to benefit breast cancer education and prevention initiatives for the charity of their choice.

Visit www.pinkglovedance.com to view UMCP's winning video.

About Medline's Pink Glove Dance Campaign
Back in 2009, Medline Industries, Inc. turned everyday exam gloves from blue to pink. This sparked the beginning of the company's unique breast cancer education campaign. The introduction of the pink gloves helps take the scary out of detection exams and reminds nurses about the importance of creating a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue with patients. A few years later, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video competition, bringing together nearly 200,000 healthcare professionals, patients, survivors and communities to celebrate hope for a cure and honor all who have been affected by the disease—all through the joy of dancing. More than 16 million YouTube® views later, the Medline Pink Glove Dance competition has inspired nearly 1,000 dance videos and raised more than $1 million for breast cancer charities nationwide. The original Pink Glove Dance video can be viewed here. In addition, Medline has donated $1.6 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) in support of its mission to save lives through early detection and offering free mammograms for women in need.

About Medline
Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to www.medline.com or http://www.medline.com/social-media to connect with Medline on its social media channels.

MEDLINE MEDIA CONTACT
Stacy Rubenstein, 847-949-2286
srubenstein@medline.com

About Princeton HealthCare System
Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit www.princetonhcs.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Andy Williams, 609-252-8785
anwilliams@princetonhcs.org