Help Fight Breast Cancer & Raise Money for Susan G. Komen, By Voting for UAMS/UALR Pink Glove Dance Video

By Kelley Cooper

LITTLE ROCK – The public is invited to help fight breast cancer by voting online for a video featuring the dancing talents of doctors, nurses and others at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as well as the Trojan mascot and student dance team at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). The UAMS/UALR team is the only Arkansas entry in the national Medline Pink Glove Dance Video contest and is being done as a fundraiser for the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Videos from across the country are posted on the Pink Glove Dance website and are judged on the basis of the number of votes they receive. To vote, go to  Voters are eligible to vote once a day Sept. 9-23 from each email address they have.

UAMS teamed with sister institution the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) to participate in the national contest sponsored by Medline, a manufacturer of medical supplies including pink gloves. Any prize money received by UAMS/UALR will be donated to the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

The contest, which attracts entries from hospitals and organizations across the country, taps into the creativity, joy and hard work of caregivers from coast to coast. Prizes are awarded as donations to cancer charities in the name of the winner.

The UAMS/UALR Pink Glove Dance video features patients, employees, students, doctors, nurses, supporters and others wearing pink surgical gloves and performing to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Dancers featured on the video include University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt; UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D.; UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson, Ph.D.; UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Director Peter Emanuel, M.D.; and patient and Cancer Institute board member Stacy Sells.

This is UAMS’ second year to participate in the Pink Glove Dance Video contest. Last year, UAMS won the national contest in their category and donated the $10,000 prize to the 20th Century Club’s Lodge.

Prizes include $15,000 for overall first place, $10,000 for first place in each of three categories and $5,000 for second place.

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. More than 200,000 people participated in Pink Glove videos nationwide in 2014.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,890 students and 782 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or, or find us on Facebook.