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Family of late Dolphins great Jim Kiick donates his brain; starts fundraiser for CTE research

Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel on

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Allie Kiick, daughter of late Miami Dolphins great Jim Kiick, said she never had any discussions with her father about donating his brain to science.

It was a tough conversation for their family to have, she said, before Kiick -- a charismatic and instrumental member of the Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowl titles under Don Shula in 1972 and 1973 -- died on June 20 at the age of 73.

But she knew her dad would want to help others dealing with the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the progressive and degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.

Along with having Kiick's brain donated, Allie Kiick started a fundraiser on Facebook this past week to raise money for the Concussion Legacy Foundation to continue its research on CTE.

The foundation -- which also examined the brains of former teammates like Nick Buoniconti, Bill Stanfill, and Bob Kuechenberg -- started a Jim Kiick Memorial Fund online as well.

"I was trying to think of a way to honor my dad the best way possible," Allie Kiick told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Saturday.

 

"We knew my dad would want to help any way he could just because he's always had the biggest heart."

Originally, the goal was to raise $5,021 in a span of several days leading up to Allie's birthday on June 30.

As the donations trickled in, Allie's brother Austin said the family should extend the fundraiser and aim for $21,000.

So far, the Kiick family has raised more than $6,000.

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