Virtual Team Jack Trifecta with Rex Burkhead Proves Successful

Virtual Team Jack Trifecta with Rex Burkhead Proves Successful

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Team Jack Trifecta, presented by Atmos Energy, wrapped up on July 18th after a week of virtual events. Nearly $60,000 was raised for childhood brain cancer through this 4th annual event organized by New England Patriots running back, Rex Burkhead, and his family and friends. 

Despite going virtual, the 2020 Team Jack Trifecta was a win for childhood brain cancer. Throughout the pandemic, everyone has had to adapt to a new normal and the Trifecta was no different. Rex Burkhead stated, “The bottom line is, kids are still battling brain cancer, so we knew we needed to carry on the best we could to continue to make an impact on the disease. I am so grateful for the continued support of our sponsors as well as the participants and my committee.”

This year’s event was originally scheduled to be held in late March but was postponed at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Moving the event virtually was not an easy decision, but it proved to be the correct one based on the level of interest. Overall, 230 people participated in one or more of the three events offered. With the event being virtual, registration was no longer limited to the Plano, Texas area. Individuals from ten states signed up to participate in the 2020 event. 

In addition to the 5k, football camp and free throw contest there was also an online auction. The items ranged from autographed sports memorabilia to Beats headphones and Pampered Chef kitchen products. The online bidding was active, and the auction was a successful part of the Trifecta event.

A highlight of this year’s virtual Trifecta was the two social fundraisers from Alma, Nebraska. Creighton Lynch and Cameron Waldo, best friends, with the help of their parents, each created a Team Jack fundraising page and got to work. Not only did they use social media to share their link, they went door-to-door in their community asking for donations.  When it was all over, the boys combined to raise nearly $6,000 for Team Jack. Both boys have a close tie to cancer and were eager to do what they could to help.

About Team Jack Foundation 
The Team Jack Foundation’s mission is to raise research funds and awareness for childhood brain cancer.  The disease affects nearly 4,600 children each year and is the leading cancer cause of death in children.  Each year less than four percent of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research, with even less spent on child brain cancer research.  The Team Jack Foundation has raised over $7.5 million for research and has invested in nine projects nationally.