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At MWH, staff members wore pink and danced to Katy Perry in support of breast cancer research

Ramil Reluya works with employees from 2 South at Mary Washington Hospital for their Pink Glove Dance video.

Hundreds of employees at Mary Washington and Stafford hospitals danced through the hallways last week in support of breast cancer research.

The workers wore pink T-shirts, hats, sunglasses and boas, and danced to Katy Perry’s “Part of Me.” A video featuring their best moves will be entered in the national Pink Glove Dance competition.

“We’re trying to get as many people involved as possible,” said Amy Uriell, a nurse anesthetist and one of the organizers.

Medline, a medical supply company, sponsors the national competition during October to raise money for breast cancer causes. The company says it will donate $17,000 to the winners’ favorite breast cancer charities.

This is the second year for the contest and the first year that Mary Washington workers have participated. Last year workers from 139 hospitals and nursing homes donned pink examination gloves and created dance videos.

At Mary Washington, a volunteer film crew spent two days in the hospitals and in the company’s satellite facilities, such as the Ambulatory Surgery Center. The workers in some units created their own dance routines, but others, such as those on 2 South, relied on Ramil Reluya.

Reluya usually works as a nurse in the emergency department. For the competition, he was cameraman and dance coordinator. At 2 South, the cardiac unit, he directed some of the workers in a conga line around the nurse’s station, while others pushed medication carts.

“No, no, no,” he told them at one point. “Let’s do it again. Listen to the music.”

Reluya estimated that he’ll have four hours of video when the filming is done. He’ll edit that to a four-minute clip for the contest. Organizers said they chose the Katy Perry song from several options because the lyrics seemed to offer inspiration to breast cancer patients:

You’re not gonna break my soul.

This is the part of me that

You’re never gonna ever take away from me.

The final segment of Mary Washington’s video  will be filmed on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. at the traffic circle on the hospital campus. Members of the public are invited to participate. The public also is invited to vote for best video in the online balloting. Voting begins Oct. 12 and ends Oct. 26 at

Update, 9/10, 9 p.m.: Organizers say they have changed the time of the community shoot on 9/19 to 5:15 p.m.

(The website for the Pink Gove Dance competition is here. The You Tube video for Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” is here.)