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Carroll Hospital Center highlights survivors, staff in video for breast cancer awareness

Dressed in a pink T-shirt and black yoga pants, Adriane Morrow danced joyfully out of Carroll Hospital Center, followed by nurses, doctors and administrators all clad in pink gloves.
"OK, we're good!" yelled the director from Freedom Digital Media.
The staff moved on to gather its next shot: a group dance outside of Carroll Hospital Center. The video they were recording on a warm September day was more than just a PR move on the part of the hospital. The participants dancing in the video featuring pink gloves intend to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The pink glove dance was a viral video sensation that was posted to YouTube in 2009 by St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore. The hospital paired up with Medline, which now sponsors the pink glove dance, and made a video promoting breast cancer awareness.
Hospitals all over the country are participating for the chance to donate $10,000 to a breast cancer charity of the winner's choice. There are six songs participants can use for the video - Carroll Hospital Center chose "Part of Me" by Katy Perry.
"We just thought it'd be something really fun that the whole hospital could get behind and it's a great thing to do. It's also something we're really passionate about," said Selena Brewer, marketing manager for Carroll Hospital Center.
Both Brewer and Morrow teach Zumba, a dance fitness program, and worked on some choreography that would work for everyone. Brewer said different departments featured in the video came up with their own choreography, which includes the critical and intermediate care units, nursing and leadership teams, as well as the women's cancer center, The Women's Place.
In the video, Morrow is having a dream about the hospital and goes wandering through the halls, running into the different departments. The video ends outside of Carroll Hospital Center with all of the departments gathered for a dance. Every staff member wears pink gloves in the video, and survivors of cancer wear bright pink T-shirts.
Morrow said she thought it would be a great idea to show the country Carroll Hospital Center and highlight the survivors who work at the hospital. She said everyone was incredibly willing and eager to learn the dance she choreographed at the end, and enjoyed getting to see everyone's personalities.
Brewer said she was surprised by the number of cancer survivors who work at the hospital - in the video, about 20 survivors dance side-by-side in their pink shirts. Monica Clark-McGrew, a nurse at The Women's Place and breast cancer survivor, said she helps with any cancer patients who walk into The Women's Place.
This is Clark-McGrew's fifth year breast-cancer free, and first year as a cancer navigator at The Women's Place. Clark-McGrew helps patients navigate the system and helps explain resources and sometimes lend a listening ear.
"When I had cancer and I was becoming mobile enough for treatment, and I needed support, I came to the Women's Place," Clark-McGrew said. "It was just so wonderful; it was like they really understood."
As a breast cancer survivor, Clark-McGrew also participates in the Relay for Life and is part of support groups around the area. She wanted to be in the video because she said it would be touching.
At the end of the video, cancer survivors formed a circle with one arm in the center and created a pinwheel of pink gloves and pink shirts. The hospital staff danced on in the background, as the cameraman got his last shot.


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