CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The sound of Katy Perry's "Part of Me" prompted dancing in the halls at Thomas Health Systems for two weeks in September. Doctors, nurses, technicians and employees from nearly every department smiled and vamped it up as they produced an upbeat video with an inspirational message.
They submitted their creation to the Pink Glove Dance competition in the hope of winning a $10,000 first prize that they would contribute to the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Program for women who cannot afford care.
They face stiff competition. More than 260 organizations also entered the video contest, which is sponsored by Medline Industries, a medical supply company that lists pink surgical gloves among its products. The Thomas team is the only West Virginia hospital participating and needs as many votes as they can get.
Imaging and Breast Care Centers director Teresa Vickers, who coordinates the centers' annual October breast cancer awareness events, got the video camera rolling when she saw the 2011 Pink Glove Dance competition.
Participants could choose one of six songs to use in their video.
"I was fortunate to get to choose the song. The reason I chose it is that the words are very inspiring and appropriate for someone with breast cancer," Vickers said. "It talks about the fact that even though it's a part of you, there's another part that can never be taken away."
Not a dancer, Vickers asked Misti Janey Sprouse, owner of Brickhouse Cardio Club, for help with the choreography. Sprouse agreed. She and Brickhouse instructor Typhani Dawson choreographed the dance in about five hours.
They soon realized their job was just beginning. The two-week project involved one week of instruction and another of filming.
At first, only five or six departments responded to Vickers' call for dancers. Momentum grew as news of the fun spread through the hospital.
"Practically the entire hospital got into it. They all volunteered," Vickers said. "It was so motivational and inspiring for all of us at Thomas Health Systems to join together for this."