First envisioned in 2004 by Dave Karnes and Steve and Amy Lindsay, Kicks for a Cure was launched in April 2006. The primary purpose of the weekend is to raise awareness for cancer education and prevention. It is also an opportunity to showcase Omaha as a compassionate, vibrant community where health care, education, commerce and recreation intertwine. Since that first year, more than $2.8 million has been raised benefiting local cancer research.
Funds are raised through sponsorships, donations, and sale of banquet and game tickets to the general public. Grants from funds raised are awarded each year by Kicks for a Cure, Inc., to support cancer research initiatives at two local, world-renowned facilities, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton University. Additionally, the Liz Karnes Memorial Scholarship for Creighton Women's Soccer is continuing to be awarded each year and is now an endowed scholarship.
"My staff, with its expertise in hereditary cancer, and I will continue to build upon the cardinal principles of cancer genetics to prevent cancer and increase the quality of life for those living with it. We have been recognized the world over, but Kicks for a Cure, as a local, grassroots advocacy group, remains one of the best methods to educate the public about hereditary cancers."
Henry T. Lynch, MD, MS, FACP, FAACR
Director, Creighton's Hereditary Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine