Breast cancer is no laughing matter, and as a general rule it’s not exactly something that makes me want to dig out my dancing shoes and flit around the dance floor. But as a volunteer at Eisenhower Medical Center, I was honored to be asked to participate in the “2012 Pink Glove Dance” video along with other volunteers, local breast cancer survivors, and their amazing medical and support staff.
Each year the winners are given a $10,000 prize to be donated to the charity of their choice. Last year 139 hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other organizations in the United States and Canada competed, and in 2012 the number is expected to soar.
Now, granted, I’m not dancer, and my singing ain’t no great shakes either. But when it comes to enthusiasm and spunk—especially for the breast cancer cause—I’m there, just like Eisenhower is there for the residents and visitors of the Palm Springs Valley. Their Schnitzer/Novak Breast Cancer Center (in three locations throughout the desert, I might add) offers a full range of services, including mammography screening, and cancer diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment. With over 40,000 women and 450 men dying of this dreaded disease each year, no one can afford to ignore it.
So we all donned our pretty pink gloves and put on a show for the camera—singing and dancing our hearts out! Eisenhower Medical Center’s video will be among the many others online, and we’d love your vote. So if you’re so inclined, please check out the Pink Glove site and give us your support. And always know that the amazing staff (and our merry band of volunteers!) at Eisenhower are here for you.