Guest Column: Let's turn town pink!

This letter is written as a challenge to the community of Kingman and all the surrounding areas to turn the town pink during the week of Oct. 14-19. Wouldn't it be awesome if everyone pulled together in a show of support to fight cancer right here in our local community!

How can we accomplish this important task? Calling all businesses, community organizations, schools, churches, neighbors, friends and family to decorate their places of business and homes inside or outside with pink to show community support for those touched by cancer. On Friday, Oct. 18, everyone in the community is encouraged to wear pink to stand united for the day in support of cancer victims. Let's decorate and light the town up pink. Could you imagine if everyone put a simple pink light bulb in their porch light or tied a pink ribbon around a tree, what an incredible sight and show of support, honor and respect that would be to a survivor of cancer?

The city of Kingman and Kingman Regional Medical Center have once again teamed up to continue the Fourth Annual Pink Heals Kingman during the months of September and October. Look for more details to come on the many fun fundraising events that have been planned to get everyone of all ages in the community involved. We invite you and your families to please join in on the fun.

Some of the activities planned for you will include: Pitchin' for Cancer Horseshoe Tournament, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes Charity Walk ending at Rednecks Southern Pit BBQ, Name the Pink Police Car, and a Pink Pig-Out at Rednecks Southern Pit BBQ, featuring a dunking booth where you can buy a chance to dunk various city officials and business leaders.

The finale will be held Oct. 19, featuring the annual Pink Heals Parade, Pink Ribbon Drop sponsored by Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, and other festivities located at the Kingman Regional Medical Center parking lot off Western Avenue, where we will celebrate our family, friends and neighbors in Kingman affected by cancer.

All proceeds will go to the Kingman Cancer Care Unit. The KCCU is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that provides support and services to local cancer patients and their loved ones, including transportation to doctors' appointments and treatment centers; financial assistance for travel, food and hotel accommodations; health equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.); and personal equipment (wigs, prosthesis, etc.).

So pick up the challenge! I know with your help we can turn the town pink, have great fun, and raise money to support our hometown Kingman Cancer Care Unit.