Aria Health Marks the 27th Anniversary of
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
with Pink Glove Dance
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is turning 27 this October and the staff at Aria Health is celebrating this anniversary in a special way – by pulling on pink gloves and showing off their dance moves to raise awareness about early detection.
About 40 employees of the hospital, some of whom are breast cancer survivors, made a dance video and entered it in the second annual national Pink Glove Dance video competition held by Medline Industries, Inc. They’re competing with organizations across the United States and Canada to win thousands of dollars for the charity of their choice. For Aria, that charity is the American Cancer Society.
The Aria dancers rehearsed their routine twice, and then performed in three separate areas of the hospital, including the helicopter pad. “We danced to ‘You Won’t Dance Alone,’” says Debbie Sinclair, Director of Radiation Oncology at Aria Health and a Pink Glove Dance participant. “We thought that was very appropriate.”
Public judging of the Pink Glove Dance videos begins October 12, ends October 26, and the winners will be announced on November 2. First prize is $10,000, second is $5,000, and third is $2,500. To vote for Aria’s Pink Glove Dance video, go to www.PinkGloveDance.com and search for Aria Health. The video can also be viewed at www.ARIAHEALTH.org/PinkGloveDance.
“The reason we’re doing this is that we want to let our cancer patients know that we support them, we admire them, that we’re there for them,” says Rosemarie Rahill, Aria’s Women’s Health Coordinator. “Our display of support through participation in the Pink Glove Dance project is one way to let them know that they are not in the fight alone and Aria is there to support them.”
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and over 2.6 million breast cancer survivors are living in the U.S. today. Breast cancer has many risk factors, including age, genetics, obesity, and family history. Women who maintain healthy lifestyles and have regular screenings may be less likely to get breast cancer.
About Aria Health
Aria Health is the largest healthcare provider in Northeast Philadelphia and Lower Bucks County. With three leading-edge community hospitals and a strong network of outpatient centers and primary care physicians, Aria upholds a longstanding tradition of bringing advanced medicine and personal care to the many communities it serves.
For more information call 1-877-808-ARIA (2742) or visit ARIAHEALTH.org.