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March 15, 2010 15:40 ET

Medline Donates More Than $100,000 to National Breast Cancer Foundation to Help Fund Mammograms

Olympian Peggy Fleming Joins Members of the "Pink Glove Dance" Video and 1,200 Operating Room Nurses at Medline's Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Forum

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - More than 1,200 operating room nurses attended this morning's breakfast forum "Together We Can Save Lives Through Early Detection" sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc., expecting to hear Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming talk about her skating career and battle with breast cancer. Fleming did not disappoint the early morning crowd. But they were also treated to a surprise appearance by several other celebrities of sorts -- the staff members from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR., who starred in the "Pink Glove Dance," a YouTube video sensation that has more than 7.9 million views to date.

"My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 80," said Kate Moser, a nurse at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI. "Now she is 85 and going strong. Hearing Peggy Fleming's story and seeing the people from the Pink Glove Dance today is exciting and inspiring."

The forum was held in conjunction with the start of the Association of periOpertive Registered Nurses' 57th Congress held in Denver, CO. Raising breast cancer awareness among nurses is a key goal of Medline's campaign, as it is the leading cause of death for women age 40-55 and the average age of a nurse is 46.

Fleming, who won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics at the age of 19, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. She is now cancer free. Her story on how her ability to focus as a world-class athlete also benefited her when dealing with her breast cancer struck a chord with many of the nurses in the audience.

"Peggy is a great role model," said Mary Rogers, a nurse at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, OH. "Her ability to balance her family, career and then take on breast cancer is an inspiration for all of us."

The "Pink Glove Dance" video showcases more than 200 hospital workers from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, dancing in Medline's pink gloves. Since its launch last November, the video has generated almost 8 million views on YouTube, garnering national publicity and inspiring more than 15,000 viewers to post comments about their feelings on the video -- and countless others to talk about breast cancer, getting a mammogram or donating to breast cancer awareness. 

At the event, Medline President Andy Mills presented National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) President Janelle Hail with a check for $117,000 to help fund mammograms for underserved women. Over the past four years, Medline has donated more than $500,000 to the NBCF as part of its campaign to promote early detection and awareness of breast cancer. Early detection (mammography is among the best forms of screening for breast cancer) can increase the five-year survival rate by more than 95 percent.

About Medline Industries, Inc.
Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies and other markets. Headquartered in Mundelein, IL, Medline has more than 800 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and health care systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities, and on-staff clinicians.

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