Team Jack Foundation Recipient of Hometown Hero Award

Team Jack Foundation Recipient of Hometown Hero Award

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Omaha, Neb. -- On November 7, 2018, the Team Jack Foundation was recognized as a “Hometown Hero” by the Omaha Division of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBICAA) and the FBI Investigation Omaha division.  This was the 5th annual Hometown Heroes event and was sponsored by KMTV Channel 3 and featured a keynote address by Bill Moos – Athletic Director for the University of Nebraska. 

The FBICAA Hometown Hero Awards annually recognize a variety of local organizations and businesses for their achievements and contributions in the community.  Team Jack was recognized with fellow award recipients: The Police Athletics for Community Engagement (P.A.C.E.), and Kim and Jill Wolfe, former owners of Midwest Medical Transport. 

Andy, Bri and Jack Hoffman accepted the award on behalf of the Team Jack Foundation in Omaha on November 7.  The event was also attended by members of the Hoffman family, Omaha-area donors, and Team Jack board of directors and staff.    

"Team Jack started out with a sale of a $15 t-shirt. And that led to a $275,000 donation to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in January of 2013, which has yielded laboratory results just a few months ago which is going to be parlayed into a local trial, so even though it takes time, there is impact," said Board Co-Chair, Andy Hoffman. 

In 2015, the Foundation made a large commitment to UNMC for $1.5 million which included the hiring of a pediatric neuro-oncologist.  At their annual Gala event in Lincoln last February, the Foundation announced the hiring of Dr. Jonathan Schwartz—Nebraska’s first pediatric neuro-oncologist.  Recently, the Team Jack Foundation announced a second pledge to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for $5 million to focus on research, pain management in cancer and education. 

The Team Jack Foundation’s primary focus is to raise money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research.  Childhood brain cancer affects nearly 4,600 children each year, making it the leading cancer cause of death in children.  Each year, less than four percent of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research, even less than this is spent on child brain cancer research.  The Team Jack Foundation has raised over $5.3 million for pediatric brain cancer research. The Team Jack Foundation is working with world renowned researchers, directly, to develop relevant and impactful research initiatives.