South Texas Health System is attempting to win first place in the national Pink Glove Dance competition through the American Cancer Society, with the $10,000 prize going to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society if it succeeds. The competition is based on online votes through midnight Oct. 26.
In the Pink Glove Dance competition, entrants submit a music video featuring pink gloves. The winning video will be the one that receives the most votes through Facebook on www.pinkglovedance.com. Last year, South Texas Health System ranked 15th place out of 139 entries, receiving more than 6,800 votes.
“We wanted to tell a story this year. Our video is all about overcoming fear, and summoning the courage to take the first step,” said Cari Lambrecht, the video’s director.
The video features JoAnne Perez Pena, organizer of Edinburg’s Love Your Chas Chas 5K Run, Walk and Stroll as the lead actress. Pena lost both her mother and sister to breast cancer. The video, danced to the tune of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,” also features three breast cancer survivors, Blanca Chavez, Sherry Arambula and JoAnn Yzaguirre. Cheerleaders and dance team members from McAllen High School and Nikki Rowe High School volunteered their time to support the cause, along with more than 500 volunteers. Hermes Music provided technical support during the filming of the dance.
If South Texas Health System wins, the donation will help support the ACS’s numerous free patient services available locally to breast cancer patients, including its Reach to Recovery one-on-one support program, and special gift items like bras and prosthesis. In addition, free wigs, lodging, transportation, personal health managers, and 24/7 access to the National Cancer Information Center are available to all cancer patients.
Voting instructions and a direct link to South Texas Health System’s video are online at www.southtexashealthsystem.com. Voters may only vote once per entry.