CHAMPAIGN — If you think your doctor and nurse are a tough act to follow when they're saving your life, just wait till you see them dancing their socks off.
Carle, Christie Clinic and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center have each entered their own videos in the national Pink Glove Dance Video competition, and close to 1,000 local medical folks and patients had a hand (and their dancing feet) in these local productions.
Want to check them out?
You can view all three videos and vote for them at http://www.pinkglovedance.com.
Anyone can view the videos online, but voting requires logging into Facebook.
All three local entrants hope you vote, because winners of three cash prizes will be picked by popular voting.
The top prize is $10,000, and entrants must donate their winnings to a charity supporting breast cancer research, according to Medline Industries, the contest sponsor.
Carle, which has been promoting its video heavily through social media, hopes to win money to benefit patients being treated at its Mills Breast Cancer Institute, according to Carle spokesman Sean Williams. As of Tuesday, Carle's video had been hovering in the top five nationally for votes, he said.
Christie hopes to win to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and United Samaritans's (whose video is listed under the hospital's soon to be new name Presence United Samaritans) hopes to win to benefit the New Horizon Breast Cancer Support Group.
The first Pink Glove Dance competition was launched last year by Medline, a manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies and services.
Medline released the original Pink Glove Dance video three years ago, to raise breast cancer awareness, and the original has generated more than 3 million views on You Tube and inspired countless pink glove dance videos, the company says. It launched a sequel in 2010 featuring 4,000 health care workers and breast cancer survivors.
Amy Cook, a nurse and one of 650 Carle employees who participated in Carle's video, is also a breast cancer survivor.
"I was just very excited to be a part of it, because as a survivor I just think it's very exciting to spread the news of early detection," she said.
Cook said Carle's video has a theme of taking a woman through her breast cancer experience at Carle and learning she's a survivor and has the support of other survivors behind her.
Provena United Samaritans participants danced to "You Won't Dance Alone" by The Best Day Ever, and the artist gave permission to use the song specifically for the competition. Part of the video, which included members of the New Horizons Breast Cancer Support Group, was filmed at Lake Vermilion, said hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Yordy.
Christie Clinic's video featured 242 doctors, nurses and other Christie employees from 27 departments, plus patients, said spokeswoman Karen Blatzer.
"Each department was on their own," she said. "Some of them had a choreographed routine that they practiced and executed without a flaw. Some just said, 'Hey, we're here,' and we came up with something. We just had a lot of fun."
Christie Clinic obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Tamara Helfer said she wasn't able to be part of Christie's video, but the warning in October's breast cancer awareness month is one women should heed all year long: One in eight women will get breast cancer by age 80.
She advises doing those breast self-exams monthly, getting annual mammograms starting at age 40 and talking to your doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer.