WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Though you would never expect to see hospital workers dancing in the streets, the employees of White Plains Hospital did just that on Friday, Oct. 25.
A group of staff members joined in a collaborative effort to submit a video into the nationwide Medline Pink Glove Dance Video Competition for Breast Cancer - in hopes of winning $25,000 for its charity of choice, Gilda’s Club Westchester.
More than 200 people, including White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, put on pink exam gloves and took to the streets of White Plains to star in the dance video featuring the Krewella song “Alive.”
Nurses, doctors, students, police officers and others wore pink shirts that read “Hope,” or “Survivor,” while performing a choreographed dance.
The video follows breast cancer survivor, Patrice Bartlette Henry. As Patrice and her family depart the hospital after a recent treatment, it appears for a moment that they are alone – but they are embraced by staff members.
Patrice travels through the White Plains community and is embraced by more and more people who support her, including other breast cancer survivors.
Susan Romita, of White Plains, was one of those survivors.
“It was a lot of fun making the video,” Romita said. "It brings awareness to a good cause and I think Joyce did a fabulous job choreographing it. I just hope to be part of it next year as well.”
She is referring to Joyce Ramirez, Senior Campaign Associate of the Development Office, who choreographed the video.
“It was really all about the community," Ramirez said. "Everyone really came together. They brought their energy that day, some of them brought their children. It was great. There was no practice needed because everyone was there for the cause of breast cancer awareness.”
Dawn French, vice president of marketing and community relations at White Plains Hospital, said the Pink Glove Dance accomplishes more than spotlighting breast cancer awareness,
"It brings hope and support to those affected by the disease,” she said. “Our staff was so excited and inspired to be a part of our own Pink Glove Dance. It brought the community together and hopefully will raise money for breast cancer patients,” she said.
White Plains Hospital’s video is up for voting on www.pinkglovedance.com .
Viewers can cast a vote every day and the top three winners will have a donation made to the breast cancer charity of their choice.