It was the feel good story of the University of Nebraska’s spring football game, but the story has gotten even better this fall.
Eight-year-old Jack Hoffman, the Nebraska Cornhusker fan turned running back, has been battling pediatric brain cancer, and, with cautious optimism, his family recently announced that his tumors have stabilized.
Jack has just one rush in his career: A 69-yard scamper for a touchdown during the team’s spring game that became a viral hit online.
His off-the-field numbers are even better.
“He’s doing great, but the thing that doctors have warned us about is that even though his residual tumor is stable, the reality is that half of kids with Jack’s illness relapse in the future.”
Jack and his parents are ready to face those odds. After all, the little boy has already captured hearts across the nation, and his touchdown run won an ESPY award for the best moment in sports.
Jack’s father also said the newfound exposure gives the family a priceless opportunity to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer, the leading cause of children’s cancer deaths. The Hoffmans’ nonprofit, teamjackfoundation.org, has raised more than $1 million for cancer research and attracted the support of heavy hitters on and off the field.
“While we’re very excited and just so incredibly thankful, it’s just one of those things where you can’t even let your guard down,” Andy Hoffman said.
And while Jack continues to fight, he surely can count on plenty of fans cheering him on.
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