Raising money to fight cancer is the goal of Kicks For A Cure. And along the way, the Liz’s Legacy Charity wants to educate and entertain.
The entertainment was provided Saturday by the soccer teams on the field as education about cancer and prevention was all around. This was the eighth annual Kicks For A Cure weekend and all of the money raised goes to the cancer centers at Creighton and UNMC.
The event honors Liz Karnes as well as her love of soccer. “When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer she wanted to promote healthy lifestyles and making good choices for young people and setting a good example, using young, talented athletes," said Dave Karnes.
The soccer weekends have already raised more than a million dollars to fight cancer in the metro. Teams from Marian, Westside, Creighton Prep, Creighton University, Western Illinois and Marquette all played in the Kicks For A Cure Tournament.
Westside High School soccer players stopped by Children's Hospital and Medical Center on Friday to spread the message that anything is possible. They met with patients, including 2-year-old Aubree Cummins of Lincoln.
"It's so sad to see some of the kids," said Westside senior Molly Novoa. "It's nice knowing that we can help make their day, brighten it up at least and distract them from their worries."