Baptist Health Paducah is asking for votes in a national video contest to help win prize money for the Kentucky Cancer Program and to remind women to get mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer.
The hospital has entered its third annual Pink Glove Dance breast cancer awareness contest.
Voting begins at noon today, Friday, Oct. 25, and continues until midnight Friday, Nov. 8, at PinkGloveDance.com. Supporters can vote once every day from any e-mail account.
The hospital’s video has finished in the nation’s top 8 the last two years. If it finishes in the top three this year, it will win up to $25,000 in prize money for the Kentucky Cancer Program’s mammography services.
“We want to win the contest to enhance the breast cancer education and screenings provided by the Kentucky Cancer Program,” said Dona Rains, director of marketing and planning. “Each vote also is important because it raises awareness for mammograms, which can save lives.”
This year’s video features 14,200 people from three local high schools; the mayors of Paducah and Mayfield; a professional football player; dozens of breast cancer survivors and hundreds of Baptist Health Paducah employees.
It stars Cindy Adams, RN, a one-year breast cancer survivor. Adams shares the stage with fellow breast cancer survivors and even the Tennessee Titans’ George Wilson, whose mother, Wanda, is a Baptist nurse aide.
Other scenes feature the first ever McCracken County High School home football game and the 100th anniversary of the Paducah Tilghman-Mayfield rivalry.
If the video places in the top three, Baptist’s cash prize will be awarded to the Kentucky Cancer Program and First Lady Jane Beshear’s Horses and Hope program.
“Horses and Hope is a joint project to provide breast cancer education, awareness, screening and treatment referral for women across Kentucky,” said Jamie Smith, a Cancer Control Specialist with KCP.
“Through Horses and Hope, the Kentucky Cancer Program reaches Kentucky women during special race days honoring breast cancer survivors at five thoroughbred tracks and through local community events, which provide education and screenings. As a recipient of any funds awarded from the Pink Glove Dance, the Kentucky Cancer Program and Horses and Hope will continue to offer life-saving services to women in communities statewide.”
Pink Glove by the numbers:
25,000 – The money you can help us raise for the Kentucky Cancer Program if our video gets the most votes
15,693 – Dollars donated for local cancer patients through Your Fight is Our Fight T-shirt sales
14,200 – How many area people are in this year’s video
40 – When you should start getting annual mammograms (unless earlier because of family history)
25 – The October date you can begin voting once daily at PinkGloveDance.com
1 – The number of women in 8 who will get breast cancer, and the reason early detection is so important! Save your mother, daughter, sister, aunt or friend by reminding her to get her mammogram!
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