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Kingman turning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


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Gregg Arnold, the artist who created the usually green Giganticus Headicus tourist attraction on Route 66 and Antares Road north of Kingman, wanted to do his part to raise awareness of breast cancer and so he did the only thing he could: He painted the 14-foot tall giant tiki head he made a decade ago pink.

It may be the first weeks of fall, but residents will be seeing a lot of pink in the next few days.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Kingman Regional Medical Center, the city of Kingman, the Kingman Cancer Care Unit and several businesses are teaming up to paint the town pink.

The organizations are trying several new events this year, including a chance to have the name of a loved one who survived or passed away from breast cancer printed on the Kingman Police Department's pink police car. The winner's name will remain on the car until next October and the winner will ride in the car at the 2014 Andy Devine Days Parade.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the Kingman Police Department, 2730 Andy Devine Ave., or at the city of Kingman's Human Resources Department, 310 N. Fourth St.

They will also be on sale at all Pink Heals Kingman events in October. The winner will be announced Oct. 19. Proceeds go to the Kingman Cancer Care Unit.

Also new this year is a Pink Ribbon Drop, sponsored by Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Residents can purchase pink rubber ribbons from the Kingman Police Department or the city of Kingman Human Resources Department and at all Pink Heals Kingman events for $3 a ribbon or four ribbons for $10.

The ribbons will be dropped from a Kingman Fire Department ladder truck Oct. 19. The two ribbons that land closest to the target win. The grand prize winner gets a pink barbecue grill built and donated by MTC Prison. Second place gets $250 cash. The money goes to support the Kingman Cancer Care Unit.

The rubber ribbons join KRMC's annual Pink Ribbon of Lights fundraiser, where residents can purchase a pink light bulb in honor of a loved one who fought breast cancer. The bulbs are installed on a giant pink ribbon that will hang on the outside wall of the hospital. The bulbs can be purchased for $5 from the KRMC gift shop, imaging center or cancer center. The winner of the annual Go Pink Week decorating contest gets to take the ribbon home.

The Go Pink Week decorating contest pits local businesses against each other the week of Oct. 14 to determine who has the best decorating skills. Every business is encouraged to deck their businesses inside and out with pink to show their support.

The competition is stiff. Last year, more than 30 businesses participated in the event. American Woodmark won the competition, but rumor has it that Scissor Hands on Hualapai Mountain Road has something up its sleeve for this year's contest.

Scissor Hands is also offering pink porch lights for $5 at its salon, 2425 Hualapai Mountain Road.

Station 66 is also getting in on the fun and challenging the community. If the station raises $250 in donations, Rachel Duhaime, one of the station's employees, will dye her hair pink. If the station gets $500, Dan Rohler, aka "Grumpy," will dye both his hair and his beard pink. If residents push the donations to $1,000, the station has a surprise planned.

The station is also giving away pink carnations for every $10 donation it receives and throwing a party from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11, with plenty of food, vendors and a 50/50 raffle.

All proceeds from the party and all of the donations will go to a local cancer support group, Duhaime said.

A sharp-eyed crew of judges will scrutinize the businesses Oct. 18 and the winner will be announced and awarded the giant pink ribbon during the Pink Heals Kingman celebration the next day.

Students in area schools will also be participating in Go Pink Week by decorating their classrooms and schools, wearing pink and fundraising to support local cancer survivors.

The classroom that earns the most money will receive a free pizza party, courtesy of KRMC and the city of Kingman.

Residents also are encouraged to show their own fashion sense by wearing pink at work and about town Oct. 18.

Residents can also show their support at the Fourth Annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes charity walk. The walk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bonelli House, 430 E. Spring St., and ends at Redneck's Southern Pit Barbeque, 420 E. Beale St. The cost to walk is $20 and includes a T-shirt, or participants can spend $30 and add lunch. Or flex your fundraising muscles and raise $100 for scholarships and get registration for the walk, the T-shirt and a goodie bag at no cost. All proceeds go to Kingman cancer patients.

You can sign up for the walk at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bonelli House. For more information, contact Erin Cochran at (928) 279-8367.

After the walk, stop and watch the Third Annual Pink Pig-Out contest at Redneck's starting at noon on Saturday, where challengers race each other and the clock to finish a 5-pound pork sandwich in 30 minutes or less.

The challenge is limited to 12 people and costs $75 a person. Registration forms can be picked up at the Kingman Police Department and must be turned in by Friday.

Residents and businesses can support their favorite challenger by donating $1 per ounce eaten or $20 to finish the whole sandwich. Pledge sheets are included in the registration packet.

Redneck's will also sponsor a dunk tank, where you can buy a chance to dunk a city official or your favorite business owner. All proceeds from both events go to the Kingman Cancer Care Unit. For more information on the pig-out contest or to volunteer for the dunk tank, contact Tiffiny Reed at the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-8186.

Looking for something sweet to finish off that sandwich? KRMC's Nutrition Services Department is once again offering their exclusive Otis Spunkmeyer cookie jars filled with fresh cookies for $10 at the KRMC cafeteria. The jars will be available all month. The money raised benefits KRMC's Catch it Early program, which provides affordable mammograms and other breast cancer support services for local women who may not have the funds to afford it.

KRMC will fete breast cancer survivors at its annual Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon at noon Oct. 17 at its Hualapai Mountain Campus, 3601 Santa Rosa Drive. The program features inspirational stories by survivors and their families. The meal is free to survivors. Seating is limited, so call Terri Williams at (928) 681-5061 to reserve your seat before Oct. 12.

The celebration of breast cancer survivors and fighters culminates with the Pink Heals Kingman event and KRMC's Women's Health Expo Oct. 19.

The Pink Heals Kingman event includes a walking parade at 9 a.m. from Homestyle Furniture on Beverly Avenue (in the same plaza as Ross Dress for Less) to the KRMC pavilion behind the Del E. Webb Wellness Center, also on Beverly Avenue. Staging for the parade starts at 8:30 a.m. at Homestyle Furniture.

Cancer survivors, the public and family members of cancer survivors are invited to attend and wear pink and dress creatively. Buses will be available for those who may not able to walk the entire distance.

A celebration of survivorship will be held after the walk at the wellness center pavilion, followed by the pink rubber ribbon drop at 10:30 a.m.

The Women's Health Expo starts at 10 a.m. at the Kingman Medical Professional Building, 1739 Beverly Ave. More than 40 organizations are participating in the expo and will provide a variety of services, including free screenings, food and prizes. The expo is free and open to the public.

The month wraps up with the Well-Woman HealthCheck Pink Affair and Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Chaparral Country Club, 1260 Mohave Drive in Bullhead City. Cancer survivors will model the latest fashions. Tickets are $10 each, with proceeds going to the Well Woman HealthCheck program.

Also be on the lookout for people distributing pink gloves during this month's pink awareness events. KRMC is producing a video to enter into Medline's "Pink Glove Dance" contest. The winner of the contest gets a $25,000 donation to support a cancer service of their choice.

For more information on the dance contest, visit www.pinkglovedance.com.

This month's fundraising dollars will be added to the money collected in September during the Mohave County Fair, the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign at the Andy Devine Days Rodeo and the Pitchin' for Cancer horseshoe tournament on Sept. 21.



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