Husker Fans Get a Chance to Vote and Help Team Jack

Husker Fans Get a Chance to Vote and Help Team Jack

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Randy York’s N-Sider

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The NASCAR Foundation announced Wednesday night on the NBC Sports Network that Andy Hoffman is one of four finalists to receive the Betty Jane France (BJF) Humanitarian Award, presented by Nationwide.

Being a finalist guarantees the Team Jack Foundation that Andy oversees will receive $25,000 to help fund pediatric brain cancer research and create national awareness for the disease.

The BJF Award winner will receive a total of $100,000 for its own foundation and the recipient will be determined through NASCAR’s online voting, giving Husker fans the opportunity to vote once every day from now until the deadline ends on September 26th.

Andy's national NASCAR award follows an ESPY Award that the then 7-year-old Jack Hoffman won three summers ago in Los Angeles. Jack's ESPY was a “Best Moment" accolade for his inspirational record-breaking touchdown run during Nebraska’s 2013 Spring Football Game.

Talk about incentive. Once you vote for Andy, push the short video button on the picture of the dad we're supporting. In fact, I intend to vote, then watch that video every day until the voting deadline ends in September. Such a tribute represents the perseverance the Hoffman family shows on a daily basis, week after week, month after month, year after year. 

A Unique Relationship with Rex Burkhead Continues to Inspire Jack Hoffman

Jack’s unique relationship with Husker running back Rex Burkhead (pictured above with Jack)led to Burkhead earning the 2012 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. To this day, Andy Hoffman credits Nebraska senior associate athletic director Keith Zimmer for talking to Rex and inviting the Hoffman family to have lunch and tour Memorial Stadium.

Rex and Jack’s inspiring relationship was pivotal in Nebraska football student-athletes creating their own chapter of Uplifting Athletes and dedicating their time and energy to help pediatric brain cancer research. All of that and more were the result of the ripple effect to help a 6-year-old little boy fight for his life and feel good about himself.

The Jack Hoffman Story had a national and even an international audience that led to Burkhead and the Hoffman family receiving a joint invitation to visit the White House.

Andy Hoffman: Jack 'Doing Awesome, Our Family Having a Wonderful Summer'

Last week, Jack traveled to Boston for an MRI and several medical visits with neuro-oncology, neuro-surgery, neurology, and a follow-up visit regarding his neuro-psych testing last March. Last January, Jack had a grand mal seizure. Overall, Jack is “doing awesome” and “our family is having a wonderful summer,” Andy said. “We thank everyone in Husker Nation and elsewhere for your ongoing prayers, love and support.”

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