UNMC - Lizs Legacy - Eighth Annual Kicks For A Cure Exceeds Fundraising Records

Eighth Annual Kicks For A Cure Exceeds Fundraising Records

Posted: Mon, Apr 22, 2013

Omaha, Neb. - The eighth annual Liz's Legacy soccer tournament, Kicks for a Cure, raised $303,000 for cancer research at UNMC Eppley Cancer Center and the Creighton University Hereditary Cancer Center during the two-day event held April 19 and 20, 2013.

The eighth annual Kicks for a Cure event exceeded fundraising and attendance records as a result of the event held April 19-20, 2013. This year's event resulted in $303,000 going to Omaha's two nationally recognized cancer research and treatment centers:; UNMC Eppley Cancer Center and Creighton University Hereditary Cancer Center. Now in its eighth year, Kicks for a Cure has raised $1,452,000 to support the extraordinary work of these two local institutions. This year's event was chaired by Cindy and Brian Leiferman and Amy and John Deardorff. Honorary Chairs were members of the David Karnes Family. This year's version of Kicks for a Cure featured several of the top area high school and collegiate soccer teams. This year Westside boys competed against Creighton Prep boys and Westside girls faced Marian on Saturday, April 20. The competition was capped off by Creighton University men facing Marquette University and Creighton University women facing Western Illinois. Over 2100 spectators/fans attended the soccer games, which were free to the public

Over 500 people attended the April 19 banquet at the Doubletree Hotel.  A parade of participating teams concluded with each team presenting Kicks for a Cure with money raised through bake sales, T-shirt sales and other fundraising events. Angela Benson, a member of the Creighton University women's soccer team, received the sixth Liz Karnes Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a teammate who exhibits leadership and perseverance despite adversity.  Coach Bruce Erickson and Katie Murphy, last year's winner, presented the scholarship.  Bruce Rasmussen, Director of Athletics for Creighton, accepted this year's Inspiration Award on behalf of his department's tireless efforts in getting Kicks for a Cure started.

On Friday afternoon before the banquet, the Creighton men and women soccer players conducted a soccer clinic for approximately 150 underprivileged children of Omaha.  After the clinic the kids were given snacks, drinks and complimentary T-shirts.

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