Kicks for a Cure (KFAC) has raised over $2 million dollars in the first ten years for cancer research. 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. Funds are raised through sponsorships, donations, and sale of banquet tickets. 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, Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton University. The research primarily targets hereditary cancer, but is more global in its impact. Additionally, the Liz Karnes Memorial Scholarship for Creighton Women’s Soccer has been awarded for eight years and is now an endowed scholarship.
Kicks for a Cure, Inc. is a Nebraska not-for-profit corporation and holds an IRS exemption as a 501(c)(3).