NFL Kicker Derek Dimke Joins Kicking For The Dream’s Effort to Fight Ovarian Cancer

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NFL kicker Derek Dimke of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has joined Kicking For The Dream’s effort to fight ovarian cancer, according to NFL Kicker, and Kicking For The Dream founder, Billy Cundiff.

Derek Dimke

Billy and Nicole Cundiff have always been great role models to me. Their family has inspired not only me, but also countless others to join in the fight against ovarian cancer. Derek Dimke.

NFL kicker Derek Dimke of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has joined Kicking For The Dream’s effort to fight ovarian cancer, according to NFL Kicker, and Kicking For The Dream founder, Billy Cundiff.

"I've known Derek since he was kicking in high school," says Cundiff. "He is a tremendous role model for young specialists. Over the years, he has continued to work hard while always helping other kickers out and giving back to his community. We are excited he has joined the fight against ovarian cancer with Kicking For The Dream."

Dimke says the Cundiffs have always been "his" role model, and he is proud to support Billy Cundiff’s efforts with Kicking For The Dream.

“Billy and Nicole Cundiff have always been great role models to me,” says Dimke. “Their family has inspired not only me, but also countless others to join in the fight against ovarian cancer.”

Go here for Derek Dimke’s Kicking For The Dream page.

Dimke attended Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois. He was selected to the second-team All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune and was also a special mention by the Champaign News-Gazette.

In his junior season at Illinois, Dimke was a semifinalist of the Lou Groza Award. He was selected to Phil Steele's first-team All-Big Ten team following the conclusion of his Junior season, and was selected to the Second Team All-Big Ten. Dimke was also an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the media.

In his senior season, Dimke was selected to the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List, and he also was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media. He was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in his senior season, named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week twice while at Illinois. Dimke is the most accurate kicker in Illinois school history.

ABOUT KICKING FOR THE DREAM:

Billy Cundiff, who has been an NFL kicker for over 10 years for teams such as the Cowboys, Saints, Browns, Ravens and Redskins, launched Kicking For The Dream in May of 2013, as an effort to support Colleen’s Dream Foundation, a foundation which raises money to support research for the early detection of, and improved treatment for, ovarian cancer.

ABOUT COLLEEN’S DREAM FOUNDATION:

Colleen’s Dream Foundation started in 2012 and supports research for early detection and improved treatment for ovarian cancer.

The story of Colleen’s Dream started in 2007 when Billy Cundiff’s mother-in-law, Colleen Drury, was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. It was only then that Colleen and her family realized a new world that was filled with invasive surgery, harsh chemotherapy, and lots of uncertainty.

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as “the silent killer” because many women do not discover their disease until it is in the late stages, which leads to many women succumbing to the disease within a short period of time. Unlike cervical or breast cancer, ovarian cancer does not have a standardized early detection procedure. When it comes to women’s health, ovarian cancer proves to be one of the deadliest diseases.

Colleen’s Dream Foundation believes it is important to raise money for research that will lead to reliable early detection testing and improved treatment for ovarian cancer. Because so little is known about ovarian cancer in proportion to other women’s health issues, we have an incredible opportunity for research and education.

Colleen’s Dream is working with some of the top research hospitals and universities that are researching ovarian cancer. By offering seed funding to young investigators, the Foundation funds cutting-edge research by some of the brightest, young minds in the world.

Colleen’s Dream Foundation is a qualified 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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