Atkinson Man In Running For National Humanitarian Award

Atkinson Man In Running For National Humanitarian Award

Friday, September 23, 2016

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ATKINSON — Andy Hoffman of Atkinson, who is the co-founder of the Team Jack Foundation, is one of the four national finalists for The NASCAR Foundation's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.

The award honors a volunteer who embodies the ideals of charity and community that Betty Jane France, founder of The NASCAR Foundation, has championed throughout her life.

The winner of award wil be determined online voting, which is now underway and will continue through 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. People interested in voting can do so by going to www.NASCAR.com/Award.

Each finalist will receive a minimum $25,000 donation to the children's charity they represent. The winner will receive a $100,000 donation. Hoffman represents the Team Jack Foundation, which works to raise money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research.

Each finalist also receives a trip to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and a trip to The NASCAR Foundation's Honors Gala in New York City where the 2016 award winner will be announced.

"I am humbled and grateful for our efforts with the Team Jack Foundation to receive this recognition," Hoffman said. "This nomination helps the Team Jack Foundation make this disease a national priority, which is our number one goal."

Hoffman and his wife, Brianna, have led efforts in establishing the Team Jack Foundation and have helped raise over $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research. The Hoffmans’ son, Jack, has been battling pediatric brain cancer for several years.

“His passion for fighting pediatric brain cancer is unprecedented. From investing personal resources to volunteering countless hours each year, Hoffman is helping lead a nation in the fight against the number one cancer cause of death in children,” a NASCAR Foundation spokesman said.

Recently, Hoffman successfully lobbied for a $3 million brain tumor program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center that was matched by the State of Nebraska. Today, the Team Jack Foundation is comprised of three staff members, an eight person board of directors as well as a scientific advisory board.

"When our son was diagnosed with brain cancer and we found out that the treatments were over 30 years old, we knew we had to do something, not just for our son, but for all children,” Hoffman said. “This donation to the Team Jack Foundation will be a game changer. It will give these children hope. It may be the difference in funding a new clinical trial or not."

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