KINGMAN - While the month of October may mark the return of fall to many, with cooler weather and longer nights, it signifies cancer awareness month to others who have battled the dreaded disease.
As part of that effort, the city of Kingman, the Kingman Regional Medical Center and the Kingman Cancer Care Unit are teaming up with a flurry of activities to bring more awareness to the area and raise money to fight cancer. They will kick off the month with a Go Pink block party, which will coincide with First Friday activities in old town Kingman from 5:30-9 p.m. today.
The block party is free and open to the public. It will feature entertainment and a classic car and motorcycle display. Downtown merchants also will decorate their businesses and offer "pink" refreshments and merchandise. The event also will feature the fourth annual Pink Pig-Out eating contest sponsored by Redneck's Southern Pit BBQ. The public is invited to cheer on their favorite contestants as they try to down 5 pounds of barbecue, coleslaw and bread within 30 minutes.
The contestants who raise the most money and eat the most are rewarded with the coveted Pink Pig-Out trophy. For more information, contact Tiffiny Reed with the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-8186.
The finale of the evening will be the Pink Ribbon Drop, sponsored by Taco Bell. The spectacle will involve dropping 1,000 rubber pink ribbons 50 feet from a Kingman Fire Department ladder truck onto Beale Street. The ribbons were sold during the Mohave County fair and are currently sold out.
The person with the ribbon that lands closest to a target wins the grand prize, which is a Legacy Gold package for two at Grand Canyon West, donated by the Hualapai Tribal Nation. Second place wins a handmade and painted barbecue grill donated by the Arizona State Prison. Third place wins $250 cash.
All proceeds from the Pink Pig Out eating contest and the Pink Ribbon Drop will go to the Kingman Cancer Care Unit, a local all-volunteer nonprofit organization that provides support and services to local cancer patients and their loved ones.
Throughout October, the Dambar & Steakhouse also will conduct a fundraiser for the Kingman Cancer Care Unit by selling Boot Out Cancer koozies at the restaurant. They have challenged their sister restaurant, Gurley Street Grill in Prescott, to raise funds for a cancer charity, and the restaurant that raises the most money will receive a pink boot trophy and bragging rights for the year.
To help promote this fundraiser, Kingman Police Chief Robert DeVries has challenged Prescott Police Chief Jerald Monahan. Each has agreed to color their hair pink if the restaurant in their respective city fails to raise the most money.
Other fundraisers and events scheduled during the month of October include:
Saturday: 'Walk a Mile in Their Shoes' Charity Walk to benefit the Kingman Cancer Care Unit will begin at the Bonelli House at 10 a.m. For registration information, contact Erin Cochran at (928) 279-8367 or Janet Watson at (928) 753-3499.
Oct. 13-18: Community "Go Pink" Week where businesses, schools, and organizations in the area are encouraged to decorate their establishments pink and conduct fundraisers or collect donations to benefit cancer relief organizations in the community.
The winning establishment will receive the large, pink ribbon of lights displayed outside KRMC. To participate, contact Scott Kern at KRMC at (928) 681-8656.
Oct. 18: Pink Heals Kingman, where local cancer survivors and family members are invited to walk in a procession beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot in front of Homestyle Furniture. A celebration of survivorship, featuring presentations by city officials and cancer survivors, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the KRMC pavilion.
Oct. 18: Women's Health Expo, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the KRMC Medical Professional Building and offers free screenings and information to enhance the health and wellbeing of women in the community. The expo is free and open to the public, and includes food and prizes.
Oct. 22: Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon, where survivors of breast cancer and a guest are invited to a special luncheon in their honor. The meal is free and the program features inspirational stories and entertainment by local women who have triumphed over the disease.
Seating is limited, so RSVP before Oct. 15 by calling Teri Williams at KRMC at (928) 681-5061.
Additionally, at each event, KRMC will sell jars filled with two dozen freshly baked cookies, light bulbs for its pink ribbon of lights, and a DVD called "Kingman Cares," which is a documentary of the making of the Kingman Pink Glove Dance video.
Proceeds from these sales will benefit the KRMC Catch It Early program, which provides free or reduced-cost mammograms and other breast health services to local women who cannot otherwise afford them.
For more information about the events and fundraisers, please contact Teri Williams at KRMC at (928) 681-5061.