Kicking for Cancer was founded by former AFL Player and Manager to the Stars Ricky Nixon in 2019. Ricky came up with the idea of a Football Game featuring Cancer Victims who had recovered and were an inspiration to society and a host of Ex AFL Stars. Towards the end of 2019 Kicking for Cancer evolved in to a Charity that would assist in granting wishes to Kids with Cancer.
Ex and Current AFL Players loved the idea and the type of wishes Kicking for Cancer has assisted with include getting Kids into the rooms to meet their favourite players at games, videos from players wishing them well, Ex AFL Players taking them on to the ground and kicking the ball around with them and of course bringing them and their families to the Kicking for Cancer Game.
Ricky’s two sons are actively involved in Kicking for Cancer with his eldest son Lewis playing in the game in 2019 to represent Ricky’s mother who was lost to Cancer at 57 and his other son Mitchell has done a great job as CEO of Kicking for Cancer.
Kicking for Cancer is overseen by a board consisting of Jim Green, Helen Sorensen, Justin Palmer and Melissa Huynh (Ricky’s Partner)
Kicking for Cancer’s mission in 2020 is to help grant as many wishes to Kids with Cancer as possible.