UAMS Needs Votes to Win $15,000 for Cancer Patient Support

By Spencer Watson

To view and vote for the UAMS video, visit:

Voting begins Sept. 9 and continues through Sept. 23. The contest allows one vote per day per e-mail address. Winners will be announced Oct. 2

“The enthusiasm we saw for this project was truly inspiring. As we approached different parts of campus, we found that everyone wanted to be involved to honor and support those dealing with breast cancer,” said Leslie Taylor, UAMS vice chancellor for communications & marketing.

Contestants are required to partner with another community organization and to choose a cancer charity to receive the prize money. UAMS partnered with Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS). Any prize money will be donated to the 20th Century Club’s Lodge in Little Rock, which provides housing for UAMS cancer patients and other cancer patients from around the state.

“We are proud of the video we’ve made, but now we need help from everyone to make it a success for cancer patients,” Taylor said. “Please take a moment to go vote and then share the voting site across all your social media to encourage friends to vote as well.”

The fun and creative video features more than 200 students, faculty and staff throughout the UAMS campus dancing to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The dancers are all wearing pink-colored exam gloves to support breast cancer prevention and to let those facing the disease know they are not alone.

Prizes include $15,000 for overall first place and $10,000 for first place in each of three categories.

The competition dates to 2009 when Illinois-based Medline Industries Inc., which manufactures and distributes health care supplies, turned everyday exam gloves from green to pink and launched an aggressive breast cancer education campaign to help make detection exams less intimidating and remind nurses about the importance of creating a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue with their patients.

A few years later, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video competition to celebrate hope for a cure and honor all who have been affected by the disease. The competition has inspired more than 1,000 dance videos and raised nearly $2.5 million for breast cancer prevention and free mammograms for women in need through the National Breast Cancer Foundation and other charitable organizations across the country.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state's Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and four dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.