Boston Non-Profit To Partner with Team Jack

New England Patriots running back, Rex Burkhead, in the 2017-2018 NFL season. Burkhead is a Team Jack Foundation board member and pediatric brain cancer advocate.

Boston Non-Profit To Partner with Team Jack

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In June 2018, Team Jack was contacted by Credit Union Kids at Heart in Boston, Massachusetts about a potential partnership for the upcoming NFL season. CU Kids at Heart wanted to donate to Team Jack every time the New England Patriots gained a first down in the 2018-2019 NFL season - up to $30,000. Not only had both CU Kids at Heart and the Team Jack Foundation funded research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston previously, but Team Jack board member, Rex Burkhead, is also a current member of the New England Patriots, so it seemed like the perfect fit!

The campaign was titled "First Downs for Pediatric Brain Cancer" and will be promoted in the New England area by the New England Patriots Radio Network, which consists of approximately 40 stations and one million listeners each fall weekend. Rex Burkhead will serve as the spokesperson for the campaign and help raise significant awareness for the disease. This past spring, Burkhead signed a three-year contract extension with the New England Patriots and we are thrilled to have him help us expand our national footprint.

“It is an honor to be partnering with Credit Unions Kids at Heart to further the mission of The Team Jack Foundation, a cause that is so dear to my heart.  Their donation will have a direct impact on pediatric brain cancer right here in Boston.  By not only providing dollars, but also increasing awareness of the disease, they are helping make pediatric brain cancer a national priority.  These kids need our support, and I am excited to help both organizations tackle this horrific disease.”  Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots & Team Jack Foundation Board Member.

The proceeds from "First Downs for Pediatric Brain Cancer" will be invested at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston to continue two clinical trials previously funded by Team Jack at Dana-Farber, MEK162 & TAK580. Read more about these projects here:     TAK580      MEK162

Credit Unions Kids at Heart® was founded in 1996 by Eastern Corporate Federal Credit Union (EasCorp) of Burlington, Massachusetts, and small group of Massachusetts credit unions. Since that time, the program has expanded nationally to include dozens of participating credit unions and corporate sponsors. The program and its team of dedicated supporters are presently committed to funding research activities aimed at the prevention, treatment, and/or cure of pediatric neurological diseases. Learn more at


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