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As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you didn’t know this little fact then you now understand why anything and everything turns pink the month of October. The Susan G. Komen Foundation has brought breast cancer awareness to the globe and it has been adopted in every arena, including football. This past Sunday football players were wearing pink shoes and gloves and then these items were auctioned after the game.
I talk about the “Pink” because about a year ago I found a YouTube video of hospital employees that did a dance number all wearing pink gloves. It obviously took off because now they have a website, www.pinkglovedance.com, and other medical centers across the country have gotten involved.
The sequel to the “Pink Glove Dance” is made up of hospital employees from 13 medical centers across the country spliced into a dancing montage and everyone is, you guessed it, wearing pink gloves. They even included breast cancer survivors in the video.
Are you wondering what this has to do with Art and Healing? There are really two parts to the answer. The first is obvious, music and dance brings people together because it’s fun. In this case it’s not only fun but it has a specific meaning. The goal of the “pink glove dance” is to bring about awareness for breast cancer and the sequel is to let everyone with breast cancer know they are not alone.
The second part of the answer is that you don’t have to be a star, on broadway, on American Idol, or So You Think You Can Dance to allow music and dance to flow through you. You’ll see in the video it’s not about being a drill team, but to come together as a community and make a statement. The statement is that those fighting breast cancer and their loved ones have the full and devoted support of the community.
Imagine my surprise when I saw my local hospital featured in the video (Go Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, CO). The video includes the housekeeping staff, the food service employees, the nurses, administrators, doctors, lab techs, etc. all dancing to show their support.
How would you like to show your support? Go watch the video at the website and then create your own routine. This is about breast cancer, but all you have to do is change the color of the gloves and you can support any cause you want. It’s fun, creative, and has tremendous significance not only to those who participated, but to everyone who watches the videos.