Celebrating Survivors: Drawing Strength from Dialogue and Dance

Nearly a thousand nurses dance at Medline breast cancer prevention
forum to show survivors, supporters they are not alone in the fight

NORTHFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AORN2017–39-year-old woman diagnosed with breast cancer guided by hopefulness and
intuition. Caregiver turned support group coordinator and mentor.
Pink-dyed hair to spark dialogue and determination among those
confronted with breast cancer. From the bedside to communities from
coast to coast, these are just a few ways clinicians and healthcare
facilities are helping to make strides every day to help reduce the
number of lives lost to this devastating disease.

Medline today honored the strength and courage of patients, survivors
and caregivers at its 12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness
Breakfast. The event, happening in conjunction with the 2017
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Surgical Conference & Expo
in Boston, included nearly a thousand
nurses participating in an inspiring dance.

“Clinicians are on the frontlines of care and play a vital role in
helping patients navigate the raw and often scary path of cancer,” says Karen
, philanthropy manager, Medline. “For Medline, this important
gathering serves as a reminder that you are not alone in this fight.
Together, we stand bound by a united goal to celebrate strength and
eradicate breast cancer, all through the help of our communities and a
call to action nationwide.”

Asleep at the Wheel

In 2014, Noelle LeVeaux, this year’s keynote speaker, was diagnosed with
breast cancer. She quickly learned to juggle three jobs – marketing
executive, single mom of two girls and manager of her own health. These
jobs are what inspired her to start a blog titled “Confessions
of a Single Mom with Cancer.”
She says the ripple effect of the
diagnosis has brought greater clarity about her desire to live.

“For so many of us, our everyday busyness and stress often leaves us
asleep at the wheel of life. Being diagnosed with cancer taught me that
it’s critical to be awake,” says LeVeaux. “The support of my friends,
family and care team, gave me the courage to make changes in my life to
fight uncertainty and fear.”

Medline and Its Breast Cancer Mission

A woman’s breast cancer detection journey can be filled with fear. To
help create a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue about breast
cancer between nurses and patients, Medline,
a global medical supplies distributor, introduced the first pink exam
gloves in 2009. In 2011, the company created the Medline Pink Glove
Dance Competition, the only campaign to unite thousands of healthcare
professionals, patients, survivors and communities – all through the joy
of dancing. As part of a commitment spanning more than a decade, Medline
has donated $1.7 million to breast cancer awareness, research and early
detection screenings. In addition, the company has provided free,
on-site mammograms to employees with more than 1,500 screenings to date.

Join in or follow the conversation about this breast cancer awareness
initiative by using #MedlineAtAORN.

Learn more about the company’s commitment at http://www.medline.com/about-us/breast-cancer-awareness/.

About Medline

is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry
with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve
both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill.,
the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through
more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of
contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information
on Medline, go to www.medline.com
or http://www.medline.com/social-media
to connect with Medline on its social media channels.


Vivika Panagiotakakos, (847) 643-3311