‘Pink Heals’ Block Party kicks off fight against cancer

The Kingman Police Department was awarded Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Pink Ribbon of Lights for best decorated establishment during “Go Pink Week” in 2015.  Pictured, from the left, is Scott Kern, KRMC director of development, Tiffany Reed, Jennifer Sochocki, and Chief Robert DeVries of the Kingman Police Department. Businesses and organizations throughout Kingman are encouraged to compete for this year’s award by decorating their establishment as pink as possible to show support for people in the community who are touched by cancer.

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The Kingman Police Department was awarded Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Pink Ribbon of Lights for best decorated establishment during “Go Pink Week” in 2015. Pictured, from the left, is Scott Kern, KRMC director of development, Tiffany Reed, Jennifer Sochocki, and Chief Robert DeVries of the Kingman Police Department. Businesses and organizations throughout Kingman are encouraged to compete for this year’s award by decorating their establishment as pink as possible to show support for people in the community who are touched by cancer.

KINGMAN – A number of upcoming events are on tap to fight against and raise awareness of cancer.

Kingman Regional Medical Center, the city of Kingman and the Kingman Cancer Care Unit have joined forces through various community activities to raise funds.

“Our October events are a way for our community to show support of neighbors and loved-ones who have been affected by cancer. By coming together on this issue, we honor those who have passed, celebrate those who survive, and help and encourage those who are currently battling the disease,” said Teri Williams, director of communications and marketing for KRMC.

“Time and time again, the residents of the city of Kingman come together for a great cause that proves our community is as tight-knit as they come,” said Jackie Walker, human resources/risk management director for the city.

“The many October activities are no exception as they bring our community together to show our love and support of our family, friends and neighbors affected by the devastating effects of cancer,” said Walker.

Proceeds from the following events go toward the Kingman Cancer Care Unit or the KRMC “Catch it Early” program.

The KCCU is a 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 (wigs, prostheses, etc.).

The KRMC “Catch It Early” program provides free mammograms and other breast cancer diagnostic and treatment services to local women.

Friday

‘Pink Heals’ Block Party

The city of Kingman, Kingman Regional Medical Center, and Taco Bell are the sponsors. The party coincides with October’s “First Friday” activities in downtown and will include free refreshments and entertainment from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• The block party will feature the “pink ribbon drop” sponsored by Taco Bell. The ribbons will be sold at the various pink events with proceeds to benefit the KCCU. Then, the Kingman Fire Department will drop the ribbons from a ladder truck. The person whose ribbon lands closest to the target wins $250 dollars.

• The House of Hops will host “Paint Your Pint” in which participants will paint their own pint glasses.

• Black Bridge Brewery and House of Hops will face off in a cornhole tournament. Players can sign up at either establishment.

• Connie’s Quilters Hide-A-Way in Kingman is seeking seamstresses to contribute to the cause by purchasing a quilt square packet which includes directions and materials for sewing a quilt square. The completed squares will be assembled into quilts to raffle in January to benefit the KRMC “Catch It Early Program.” Visit Connie’s Quilters at 310 Beale St. during the Block Party for examples of the quilts and to purchase a square packet.

• Various other games and activities will include a kids’ obstacle course and Hotwheels races.

Saturday

Community “Go Pink” Week

Businesses, schools, and other organizations are encouraged to decorate their establishments pink to show community support for those touched by cancer. Any funds raised or donations collected will benefit cancer relief organizations in the community. The winning establishment will receive the large Pink Ribbon of Lights, which is currently displayed outside KRMC. If you plan to participate in the competition, please contact Scott Kern at KRMC, 928-681-8656.

Oct. 15

Women’s Health Fair

KRMC’s Women’s Health Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at KRMC’s Hualapai Campus, offering free screenings and information to enhance the health and well-being of women in the community. The event is free and open to the public with food and prizes.

Additionally, the following businesses are also conducting fundraisers:

The Dambar & Steakhouse sells “Boot Out Cancer” koozies during October to benefit the Kingman Cancer Care Unit. They have challenged their sister restaurant, Gurley Street Grill in Prescott again this year to also fundraise for a cancer charity. The restaurant that raises the most money will receive a pink boot trophy and bragging rights for the year.

Throughout the year, Westside Disposal sorts and packages recyclable materials from the trash it collects. It donates 25 percent of the gross proceeds from the sale of the recyclables to the KRMC Catch It Early program.

Every October, American Woodmark employees enthusiastically support the “Go Pink” week by wearing creative pink attire and conducting fundraising for the Catch It Early program. American Woodmark matches all funds donated by employees.

‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ charity walk

And on Nov. 5, the Walk a Mile in Their Shoes charity walk will be held.

This walk will benefit the Kingman Cancer Care Unit. It begins at the Bonelli House at 10 a.m. and ends at Floyd and Company Real Pit BBQ on Beale Street. Registration is $30, which includes a T-shirt and lunch at Floyd. For registration information, please contact Erin Cochran at (928) 279-8367.

For further information concerning any of the above events and fundraisers, contact Teri Williams with KRMC Public Relations at 928-681-5061.