When Ray Kinsman of Payson participates in this year’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Phoenix, he may be the event’s oldest participant.
The event this year will be Nov. 9 through Nov. 11 and Kinsman will be 88 on Oct. 21.
Kinsman is walking in memory of his late wife, Theresa, who died of brain cancer. He still gets teary-eyed when he talks about her.
“I was raised in foster care with the idea that men don’t cry. She had me crying more than I had in my whole lifetime — I loved her that much.”
The three-day, 60-mile walk costs $2,300 for a participant to join, Kinsman said. He has about $300 on deposit with the organizers now and is seeking donations to help him reach the goal, he said.
Make donations on his behalf at The3Day.org or by calling (800) 996-3329.
In Kinsman’s 23 years in Payson, he has donated years of service to a wide range of organizations. He was a volunteer with the Payson chapter of the Salvation Army for 14 years and with both the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and hospice for seven years. He helped get food for Time Out, Inc. for three years and also donated time to the Payson Public Library and the Payson Regional Medical Center.
Other Payson area residents planning to participate in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure event in Phoenix are Sally Low, Lori Walker and Arlene Wion. Kinsman said he has heard that another Rim Country woman, Vicki Button, will also be participating.