At MIS, Nebraska couple hopes to speed up battle on pediatric cancer

At MIS, Nebraska couple hopes to speed up battle on pediatric cancer

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Written by Detroit Free Press

BROOKLYN – University of Nebraska football fans went wild when Jack Hoffman ran for a 69-yard touchdown for the Red Team during the Cornhuskers spring game in 2013.

The players hoisted Hoffman in the air and high-fived the nimble young running back.

Why wouldn’t you?

Hoffman was only 7 at the time and had just a couple years before undergone two life-threatening brain tumor surgeries.

Hoffman was born in Atkinson, Neb., where his parents, Andy and Bri Hoffman, raised their son to be a Nebraska Cornhusker.

Young Jack is now 10 years old and still gamely battling the disease.

On Sunday Bri and Andy Hoffman were guests of Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race, their first taste of big-time stock car competition.

They were at MIS to promote their Team Jack Foundation cause to raise money for treatment and a cure of pediatric brain cancer.

Andy Hoffman is one of four Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award finalists.

The NASCAR award honors volunteers who dedicate themselves to children’s causes and celebrates “10 Years of Giving” for NASCAR, which has donated $25 million to sick children since its inception in 2006.

Betty Jane France, founder and chairwoman of the NASCAR Foundation, will present the winner’s humanitarian award of $100,000 in New York on Sept. 27.

“We’ve reached out to NFL players and other athletes,” Andy Hoffman told the Free Press on Sunday at MIS before the Cup race. “We decided to do the same with NASCAR and they have been great in helping us.”

Andy and Bri have a couple of driver favorites, they said.

“We really like Danica Patrick,” said Andy. “We fight against the grain when it comes to a cure for pediatric cancer. Danica has done the same thing as a race driver.”

The Hoffmans will also be rooting for Martin Truex Jr., whose girlfriend Sherry Pollex has battled ovarian cancer for several years and brought it to national attention through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, which raises funds for critically ill and disabled children.

“We really admire Martin and Sherry for the things they have done,” said Bri Hoffman. “We’d like to see him do well today.”

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