At CQuence Health Group, some of our very favorite events are those combining two of the cornerstones of our corporate culture: wellness and charity.
This past weekend, one of these events took place, and not only was CQuence Health Group a sponsor, but a couple of our team members kicked in their athletics skills to support a good cause.
Kicks for A Cure, now in its fourteenth year, is a charity event designed to support cancer research at Creighton University’s Hereditary Cancer Center and UNMC’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. College soccer teams from across the country and high school teams in the local area come together to play in charity games that raise awareness of prevention efforts and contribute funding to groundbreaking cancer research. The event honors and continues the work of Liz Karnes, a leader in the Omaha Metro area who advocated for cancer education and research.
CQuence Health Group was a State Cup sponsor of Kicks for a Cure, but our participation didn’t end there. Justine Olsen, Healthcare Strategy Analyst, and Kirsten Smith, Social Media and Marketing Specialist, have been participating in Kicks for a Cure for a couple years now, and this year was no different.
Justine appreciates the opportunity to put her college soccer background to use for a worthy cause.
“I was first exposed to Kicks for a Cure while playing for the women’s soccer team at Creighton University,” said Justine. “Through my participation in the tournament events, I learned not only about the meaningful legacy left by Liz Karnes, but also about the important cancer research Kicks for a Cure supports locally. Kicks for a Cure is an event I look forward to attending each year.”
Kirsten Smith had a similar experience. She’s been coaching local teams within Omaha since graduating from college in 2017, which puts her in great position to introduce her players to the importance of community stewardship. Plus, her high school has a particularly strong connection to this particular event.
“I played soccer for nearly 20 years,” said Kirsten. “I was on the varsity team all four years at Westside High School (in Omaha) and then played collegiate soccer at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. The Westside Girls Varsity team has been in Kicks for a Cure every year. It hits close to home, as Liz Karnes’s four daughters all played soccer at Westside.
“Playing in this event hits close to home for me as well. In high school, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, so I fully believe in the mission of Liz’s legacy and am proud to support it, especially getting to now be on the other end of the game as a coach!”
Justine’s and Kirsten’s participation in Kicks for a Cure is supported by CQuence Health Group and, more specifically, the CQ Cares committee. CQ Cares connects team members with charitable causes around the area, solicits donations and volunteer hours and provides a gateway to do good within the community. Kirsten is actually one of the many people on this committee, so she’s gotten to see firsthand how employees of CQ have contributed to such charity events at the World Vision 6K, Salvation Army Toy Drives, the Heart Walk and many more.