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Benefit event features football, Baggo, auction
October 11, 2013


A benefit for Kara Clark, who has had two brain tumors removed in the past five years, will be Oct. 12 at Lisbon High School.

Kara, 31, is a 2000 Lisbon grad who has returned to her hometown as she undergoes treatment following removal of the second tumor.

The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., features a flag football tournament, Baggo tournament, silent auction and raffle, kids' activities, concessions and a bake sale, said Tracie Clark, who is married to Kara's brother Jeff and is one of the event's organizers with Jennifer Nurre and Jamy Schumacher.

A centerpiece of the event is the flag football tournament on the Lisbon football field, with both youth and adult divisions. Cost per team is a minimum $60 for youth teams and $80 for adult teams. To pre-register, contact ssmontgomery1@gmail. com. Forms also are available at the Lisbon School and on the "KICK it for KARA" Facebook page.

The silent auction will feature more than 150 items. Those include: a 16-foot Crestliner fishing boat with 30-horsepower motor, signed University of Iowa memorabilia from football players and wrestlers, donated items from area businesses as well as more than 100 items to be raffled.

Concessions will include walking tacos and hot dogs.

Kara is an avid football fan, particularly the Hawkeyes, and scheduled to be attending the event are former Iowa football players Tim Dwight and Aaron Kampman.

Some Kick It For Kara T-shirts should be available at the event and possibly later, Clark said. Also for sale will be purple Kick It For Kara bracelets.

Clark said many people have stepped up to assist organizers in putting the event together.

"We have a group of at least 30 volunteers helping run this -- family members and friends. We couldn't do it without them," Clark said, adding the group appreciates the assistance and support of Lisbon High School and Lance Kamaus.

In 2008, Kara was diagnosed as having a Grade 2 astrocytoma (a tumor localized to the brain). In 2013, another tumor was found five years to the day the first was found. This one was the size of a golf ball, and although it was smaller, it was more aggressive and labeled a Grade 3 or 4. This time there was surgery followed by one round of radiation followed by once-a-month oral chemotherapy for the next six months.

Kara was living in San Francisco when the second tumor was discovered. She moved home to live with her mother, Julann, following surgery in Chicago.

In addition to her brother, Jeff, Kara has two sisters, Gina Krogmann of Mount Vernon, and Lisa Bruce of Naperville, Ill.

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