10/10/2012 6:00:00 AM Cancer survivors honored by annual caravan
The “Pink Heals Tour” will make its annual visit to Kingman today in Locomotive Park. Here, 10-year cancer survivor Maggie Pozenel hugs her son, Daniel, during the event last year. They were there in honor of her; her mother Paula, also a cancer survivor; and her late grandmother.
Erin Taylor Miner Staff Reporter
The "Pink Heals Tour" will make its annual stop in Kingman tonight.
The caravan of pink fire trucks, flanked by a motorcade of local fire and police agencies, will join cancer survivors and their friends and family members from 5 to 8 p.m. at Locomotive Park downtown.
Those walking in the procession are asked to meet at the City Complex on North Fourth Street by 5:30 p.m. for the start of the walk at 5:45 p.m.
Once at the park, there will be speeches from Mayor John Salem; Dr. Christopher Johansen, a radiologist and breast imaging specialist; and Dr. Michael Van Tuyl, a radiation oncologist. Both doctors are from Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Survivors and their family members will also be invited to share testimonials, said Jennifer Sochocki with the Kingman City Police Department.
Sochocki said about 200 people attended last year's event.
Kingman is one of the last stops for the tour as it winds its way through the Southwest before moving on to Texas.
The tour was started on a national level in 2007 by former Olympic athlete and firefighter Dave Graybill. Sales of "Pink Heals" merchandise help offset the expenses of volunteers who have driven the pink-hued vehicles.
"Pink Heals" T-shirts are on sale at the City Complex for $10 to $25.