October is here, so get ready to see lots of pink

The 2014 Pink Pig Out was a huge success (no pun intended). (Miner)

The 2014 Pink Pig Out was a huge success (no pun intended). (Miner)

KINGMAN - Better dig out your pink gear! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Kingman Regional Medical Center is teaming up with the city of Kingman and the Kingman Cancer Care Unit to fill October and early November with cancer awareness events.

Most will focus on fundraising, with most of the proceeds going to either the Kingman Cancer Care Unit or KRMC's "Catch It Early" program. The events are designed to keep the money and benefits as local as possible.

The Kingman Cancer Care Unit is a registered nonprofit organization that provides support and services not covered by health insurance to local cancer patients and their loved ones, including transportation assistance, financial assistance, health equipment and personal equipment.

KRMC's "Catch It Early" program provides free mammograms and other breast cancer diagnostic and treatment services to local women.

• Saturday: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes Charity Walk

A charity walk to benefit the Kingman Cancer Care Unit. Begins 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.

• Saturday: Pepsi Inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament

Entry is $85 per person, which includes green fees, cart, skins and lunch. Local businesses are invited to sponsor a hole at the tournament for $100. All proceeds go to local organizations. For more information, contact Pepsi at (928)692-2065.

• Oct. 12-17: Community "Go Pink" Week

Businesses, schools and other organizations throughout the area are encouraged to decorate their establishments pink and conduct fundraisers or collect donations to benefit the Kingman Cancer Care Unit and KRMC's "Catch It Early" program. The winning establishment will receive the large pink ribbon-of-lights displayed outside KRMC. For registration or more information, contact Scott Kern at KRMC, (928) 681-8656.

• Oct. 17: Women's Health Expo

KRMC's Women's Health Expo is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the KRMC Medical Professional Building. They will have free screenings and information to enhance the health and wellbeing of women in our community. The expo is free and open to the public with food and prizes.

• Nov. 6: "Go Pink" Block Party

This will coincide with First Friday activities in downtown Kingman, with free refreshments and entertainment from 5:30-9 p.m. The block party will feature the "pink ribbon drop" sponsored by Taco Bell, in which hundreds of rubber pink ribbons will drop from a Kingman Fire ladder truck. The ribbons will be sold at the various pink events listed above, with proceeds benefiting the Kingman Cancer Care Unit. The person with the ribbon that lands closest to the target wins $250.

The block party also will feature the Fifth Annual "Pink Pig-Out" at Redneck's Southern Pit BBQ. The eating contest involves consuming a huge pork sandwich with coleslaw, all in 30 minutes. For registration or more information, contact Tiffiny Reed with the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-8186.

• Nov. 14-15: 40th Annual Kingman Cancer Care Unit Arts and Crafts Fair

Over 100 vendors from across Arizona and several other states will set up with a variety of original arts and crafts at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. This traditional event is the largest fundraiser for Kingman Cancer Care Unit. For more information, contact Penny at (928) 757-3760. Vendors are still welcome to apply.