Jefferson Regional staff gets 'Down' to fight cancer


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Nearly 200 Jefferson Regional Medical Center staffers and volunteers donned pink medical gloves and danced to "Down" by singer-songwriter Jay Sean for a chance to win $10,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The dancers were filmed in a courtyard at the medical center in Jefferson Hills earlier this month. Different hospital departments choreographed their own dances, using props ranging from pink feather boas to empty patient beds and intravenous poles, said Angela Sowerby, manager of the Jefferson Regional employee health department and coordinator of the video.

The dances will be stitched together by a producer to be the length of the song "Down." In addition to the smaller dance numbers, employees were encouraged to learn a short, four-step dance that was posted on the hospital's intranet site. Everyone got together Sept. 11 for a group dance to be featured in the video.

"It definitely was good for employee morale," Ms. Sowerby said.

The Pink Glove Dance started in 2009 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore., to raise awareness of breast cancer research. The original dance video, which can be viewed at www.pinkglovedance.com, has more than 13.5 million views on YouTube.

The dance continued the following year, with more than 4,000 health care workers and breast cancer survivors dancing all over the United States, according to the Pink Glove Dance website. In 2011, 139 videos were submitted for the first nationwide contest.

A hospital administrator at Jefferson Regional heard about the contest and decided to see if enough interest could be garnered among employees to submit a video, Ms. Sowerby said. Employees had the option of dancing in memory of or in support of someone who had breast cancer, and the video will include a special tribute for employees or employees' family members who are breast cancer survivors.

"We're dancing for survivors," Ms. Sowerby said.

Jefferson Regional's dance video will be posted on its website, www.jeffersonregional.com, and on the pink glove site. Voting begins Oct. 12, when all videos will be posted, and ends Oct. 26. Winners will be announced Nov. 2.

The video with the most online votes will win one of three donations to a charity that supports breast cancer research, with a top prize of $10,000. The second place video wins a $5,000 donation, and the third place video wins a $2,000 donation.


Correction/Clarification: (Published September 21, 2012) The location of the first "Pink Glove Dance" was incorrect in a Thursday story. It was filmed at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore.
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Annie Siebert: asiebert@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1613. Twitter: @AnnieSiebert.


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