TV host, breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic and husband, Bill, tell their inspiring story before 1,000 nurses   

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 4, 2013 — Health care professionals often go above and beyond to save lives. And sometimes they even dance. Joined by a flash mob of more than 1,000 operating room (OR) nurses from throughout the United States and Canada, Medline Industries, Inc., today announced its third annual National Pink Glove Dance Video Competition in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. The nurses were gathered for Medline’s 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Forum, held in conjunction with the 60th Annual Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress, taking place this week in San Diego, Calif. AORN Congress is the world’s largest gathering of OR nurses.

Breast cancer survivor and TV show host Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill Ranic, the first winner of The Apprentice, were the featured guest speakers at Medline’s annual gathering where they told their inspiring story about overcoming cancer and the benefits of early detection.

“I had so many wonderful caregivers that truly made a difference in my life. Cancer is such a scary thing and having the support of knowledgeable and gentle caregivers eased my worry,” said Giuliana Rancic. “The Pink Glove Dance is a wonderful and creative way to honor those caregivers and their patients and bring some joy to those afflicted with this terrible disease.” 

The third annual competition will officially kick off July 1 and is open to any organization in theUnited States and Canada. Competition entries are required to produce and submit their own pink glove dance video. The entries will be posted on the internet and voted on by the public. The winners will be announced in November with the winning teams receiving a donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice.

For more information on the competition, go to www.pinkglovedance.com.     

"The Pink Glove Dance competition encourages anyone who wants to create their own video to participate and do their part to bring hope and support to those affected by breast cancer," said Medline’s President Andy Mills. “It is especially gratifying to have all of these nurses participating in their own video today because we created the pink glove dance in part to honor these health care providers, many of whom have had to battle breast cancer themselves.”

Medline donates more than $1.2 million to National Breast Cancer Foundation

At today’s Breast Cancer Awareness Forum, Medline presented the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) with a check for $200,000 to help fund mammograms for underserved women.  To date, Medline has donated more than $1.2 million to the NBCF as part of Medline’s campaign to promote early detection and awareness of breast cancer. The donation to NBCF is derived, in part, from the proceeds from Medline's Generation Pink® gloves and other pink products Medline manufactures and sells such as canes, walkers, apparel and other health care items.

Early detection is key to survival

According to the American Cancer Society, almost every 12 minutes, a woman in theUnited Statesdies of breast cancer and one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. In 2012, it is estimated that amongU.S.women there were 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,510 breast cancer deaths. Early detection is key to survival as studies show that early detection of breast cancer can increase the five-year survival rate by more than 90 percent.

About the competition

In 2011, the first national Medline Pink Glove Dance Video competition was held, attracting 139 entries from across North America. More than a half million votes were cast with Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, S.C., winning first place and $10,000 to their breast cancer charity of choice, the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. The second Medline Pink Glove Dance Video Competition was held in 2012 with 270 entries and more than 60,000 people from hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other organizations in 42 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada participating in the three-week competition. Lexington Medical Center won for the second year in a row.     

About Medline's Pink Glove Dance campaign

The original Pink Glove Dance video premiered in November 2009 and featured 200Portland,Ore.hospital workers wearing Medline’s pink gloves and dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. Today, that original video has more than 13.7 million views on YouTube® and has been the inspiration for hundreds of pink glove dance videos and breast cancer awareness events across the country. A sequel was produced in 2010 featuring more than 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors throughout North America.

About Medline

As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care dealers and retailers. Recently named one of the nation’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

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John Marks, (847) 643-3309