Break out the pink gloves

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 13, 2012

LAPLACE – The employees, physicians and volunteers at River Parishes Hospital recently joined together to enter the Pink Glove Dance Competition.

More than 100 staff members at River Parishes Hospital are starring in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention. The video was submitted to a national competition to determine the best Pink Glove Dance video of 2012. The second annual competition is sponsored by Medline Industries Inc., manufacturer of the gloves and producer of the original Pink Glove Dance video.

As part of the Pink Glove Dance 2012 competition, the hospital’s video was posted on on Oct. 12 along with the videos of the other participants to be viewed by the public. Viewers can vote on their favorite video (voting requires a Facebook account). The top three winners receive a donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice. River Parishes chose the St. John Relay For Life. The winners will be announced Nov. 2 on

“Once we saw the original video and all the ones from last year’s competition, we immediately wanted to get involved to help make a difference at our facility, in our community and surrounding parishes,” said Tammy Waltz, community relations coordinator. “Everyone on our staff was so excited and inspired to be part of our own Pink Glove Dance. It was not only a lot of fun to participate, but the awareness and discussion about breast cancer we’re going to create from the video is the real satisfaction we’re hoping to take away from this experience.”      

Medline Industries gains permission to use certain songs for the Pink Glove Dance competition. The song used in River Parishes Hospital’s video is “Part Of Me” by Katy Perry.

“We thought this song was the most fitting for our Pink Glove Dance as breast cancer has become a part of each of us in some way,” said Waltz. “We believe that, if we keep on fighting, one day there will be a cure.”