UNL organizations hold sixth Jack-O-Lantern Jog for Team Jack Foundation

UNL organizations hold sixth Jack-O-Lantern Jog for Team Jack Foundation

Monday, October 23, 2017

Denise Munoz | Oct. 23, 2017

Honor societies Black Masque Chapter of Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted its sixth annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Nebraska Union Plaza to benefit the Team Jack Foundation, a foundation dedicated to funding pediatric brain cancer research.

The event, held every year by the two honor societies, consisted of a five-kilometer and one-kilometer jog through the UNL campus at 2 p.m.

“Both of our organizations participate in other philanthropy events but this one is special to us,” said Mortar Board member Kelsey Young, senior speech-language pathologist major. “It is the only one we raise funds for another organization.”

The Team Jack Foundation is a non-profit organization in Atkinson, Nebraska. It was formed in 2013 by the family and friends of Jack Hoffman, a 12-year old boy with brain cancer.

The foundation is working toward improving the brain cancer survival rate for children, which is currently at 70 percent, according to its website. Team Jack works with many other organizations in Nebraska to collect funds for its cause.

The race began with a brief registration at Cook Pavilion. The registration fees, including a t-shirt, were $10 for children under 18, $15 for UNL students and $25 for adults.

The family-friendly race included a photo booth, pumpkin painting, apple-bobbing, pie-in-the-face event, snacks and games. There was also a costume contest held, with a prize given to the best costume.

Volunteer Emma Himes, senior English, global studies and Spanish triple major, said every event at the race raised funds for Team Jack.Participants of the Jack-O-Lantern Jog for Team Jack run in costumes around the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 21, 2017.

“I’m excited and happy it goes to a good cause,” she said.

Jon Freese, the philanthropy chair for mortar board, said the event required a lot of planning and had been in the works since last summer.

“There are a lot of details that go into the event you would not really think about at first,” the senior biochemistry major said. “This month, we have worked non-stop, but it has been worth it.”

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