KICKS FOR A CURE: A BENEFIT FOR LIZ’S LEGACY CANCER FUND
KICKS FOR A CURE EVENTS
On October 25, 2020 we had to say goodbye to our co-founder and friend Dave Karnes. We are heartbroken for Dave’s wife Kris, and daughters, Korey, Kalen, Kara, Laurel, Katharine, and Alexandra. We mourn with them, but are thankful that they are all a part of our lives because of Kicks for a Cure.
It is cliché, yet true, that Dave would want us to continue this fight. He spent countless hours making KFAC what it is today. Our 2021 sponsorship letter was composed as Dave waged his battle. True to form, Dave wanted to sign these letters even while battling cancer, but he could not. We can, and must, move ahead without him here. And we ask for your support.
We are grateful to have partnered with Dave over the years on our crazy idea in 2004 to use the recently opened Morrison Stadium for a soccer fundraiser for cancer research and awareness. It is because of our introduction to Dave, who had recently lost his wife Liz to cancer, that we were able to get traction and go on to raise our first $100,000 in April of 2006. Without Dave, there simply would be no Kicks for a Cure.
We miss Dave, and we know you do as well. His wonderful spirit will live on in the family and friends he leaves behind.
Amy and Steve Lindsay
Kicks for a Cure Co-Founders
The Kicks for a Cure weekend, which is kicked-off with a party on Friday evening, honors Liz Karnes and her love of soccer. Saturday’s soccer games (featuring local teams) offer an opportunity for families to cheer on the athletes and spread awareness for a great and important cause.
Funds from the weekend go directly to cancer research at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton University in Omaha. Heading into its 15th year, proceeds from past events total an impressive $3,400,000.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR MISSION.
WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP AND GENEROUS DONATIONS
The Kick-OFF Party
KFAC Bags & Beer
Cocktails for Kicks
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING KFAC THROUGH THE YEARS
A huge thank you to all Kicks for a Cure sponsors, volunteers, players, coaches and fans who have made Kicks for a Cure and our annual event successful throughout the years. Your donations are making a difference in our community! Although we were not able to gather for or hold the annual event in 2020, our supporters still pulled through to raise over $400,000. New challenges will come in 2021 as we host our first, and hopefully last, virtual auction and event. Due to the current health crisis of COVID-19, there has been a delay in cancer diagnoses so your support is more important than ever to help find a cure and KICK CANCER. Total proceeds brought in through the 15-year total of the event to $3,400,000.
2021 HONORARY CHAIRS
KAREN & GREG VAN DYKE
Greg is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Tenaska. He also serves on the board at Creighton Prep High School and Marian High School. Greg is involved at their parish, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, consulting on financial issues and serving as an EMHC. Through the years Greg has worked with many local non-profits.
Karen has volunteered at St. Wenceslaus as a lector, EMHC and held various positions at her parish. She has served many roles at Creighton Prep, Marian High School and St. Wenceslaus where Greg and Karen’s five children attended school. Karen and her husband Greg are the founders of a non-profit organization called Educate Uganda. Currently, Educate Uganda supports over 1,800 orphaned students by providing their school tuition at primary, secondary or vocational school in Uganda.
Because of Karen’s 2016 cancer diagnosis, Kicks For A Cure became more meaningful when their son and his friend wore her name on their jersey for their KFAC games. Helping this organization is a wonderful way to support others who will have to hear the words, “I am sorry, but you have cancer.”