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Byron Health Center And Breast Diagnostic Center Win 3rd Place In The 6th Annual National Pink Glove Dance Competition

2016 marks the sixth year that the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition has united dancers nationwide, including healthcare professionals, breast cancer patients and survivors to celebrate and raise awareness for those still fighting – all through the joy of dance. The votes are in and Medline announced today that Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center have won 3rd place in the small-bed category of the competition.

Determined by public online voting, Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center received 5,080 votes, and has won a $2,500 donation from Medline to the breast cancer charity of its choice, Francine’s Friends, which provides mobile mammography screening and follow-up services to women in northeast Indiana. Furthermore, as part of the organization’s fundraising efforts during the competition, an additional $2,000 was raised for the charity.

This is the third year in a row that Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center have participated in the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition, winning 3rd place in both 2014 and 2016. Byron Health Center CEO Deb Lambert, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor, invited Francine’s Friends to Byron Health Center so employees could be tested for breast cancer. This helped detect breast cancer is one of the employees. To create the video, 50 people, including staff and community members danced while sporting Medline’s pink exam gloves to celebrate hope for a cure for breast cancer, as well as honor those who have been affected by the disease.

“We are so very thankful for all of those that voted, helping us to win 3rd place again and another $2,500 for Francine’s Friends,” said Lambert. “These funds will allow at least 25 more people to receive mammogram services free of charge, helping to possibly detect breast cancer earlier and lead to more successful treatment.”

“Congratulations to Byron Health Center for putting together such an amazing video that has grabbed the attention of thousands of people from around the country,” said Sue MacInnes, chief market solutions officer, Medline. “It is Medline’s unified mission to eradicate breast cancer. The Pink Glove Dance competition provides communities with an organized event that supports everyone who’s been touched by breast cancer. Their participation has helped make a significant impact in providing breast cancer related charities with the essential resources they need to carry out education and prevention initiatives.”

There were nine total winners in this year’s Pink Glove Dance video competition throughout three categories – Large-Bed, Small-Bed and Non-Healthcare. Each winner has received a donation to benefit breast cancer education and prevention initiatives for the charity of their choice.

Byron Health Center, Breast Diagnostic Center and Francine’s Friends mobile mammography would like to thank all those that made the filming possible including Clay Stahlka among others for their unrelenting support of the project.

Visit to view Byron Health Center’s winning video.