Boy's Husker TD run raises money for research

ATKINSON, Neb. (AP) — Second-grader Jack Hoffman was made famous last year with his touchdown run at the Nebraska spring football game. But the 8-year-old cancer survivor doesn't talk much about that. He prefers topics dear to most little boys — dogs, video games and the ability to execute flips on a trampoline.

While Jack doesn't spend much time discussing the "run seen 'round the world," it has helped raise a lot of money for pediatric brain cancer research.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports ( that less than 4 percent of all funding for cancer research goes to studying childhood brain cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children younger than 15.

Since the run, the foundation started by Jack's parents — called Team Jack — has raised more than $1 million for pediatric brain cancer research.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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