“Kicks for a Cure” Raises More for Women’s Cancer
The fifth annual “Kicks for a Cure” soccer weekend at Creighton University raised more than $172,000 for research, education and prevention of women’s cancer. That tops last year’s previous record of $152,000 raised for Liz’s Legacy, a foundation honoring the late Liz Karnes, Ph.D.
Since it began five years ago, the event has raised more than $729,000, according to Mary Zach, who co-chaired the event with husband Terence Zach, M. D., pediatric neonatologist with Creighton Medical Associates. The purpose of the annual event is to raise awareness for women’s cancer education and prevention. Proceeds benefit research at Creighton University Hereditary Cancer Center and UNMC Eppley Cancer Center.
The event also inaugurated an annual Kicks for a Cure Inspiration Award. It was presented to Steve and Amy Lindsay for their role as founders of the event along with former Senator Dave Karnes. Karnes and his daughters, Korey, Kalen, Karen and Laurel are Honorary Chairs.
Macy Mauer, from Woodbury, Minn. a sophomore forward on the Creighton University women’s soccer team, was presented the Liz Karnes Memorial Scholarship. A $5,000 grant was also awarded to initiate an endowment for the annual scholarship.
One hundred twenty five youngsters from Boys/Girls Club of the Midlands, Girls, Inc., Boys Town, All Our Kids and Campfire Kids participated in the free soccer skills clinic on April 16. Nearly 400 people attended the Friday evening banquet at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown. On April 17, almost 2,500 fans at the Michael G. Morrison, S.J. Soccer Stadium on the Creighton campus cheered as the Creighton men’s soccer team defeated the University of Virginia, the reigning national NCAA Division I champions. In other collegiate action, Creighton women fell to Nebraska and UNO defeated Northwest Missouri State. A high school contest was won in a shootout, with Millard West defeating Marian.
“Kicks for a Cure” is presented by First National Bank.