Jack Hoffman's touchdown run during the Nebraska 2013 spring game. (Photo courtesy the Team Jack Foundation)

Jack Hoffman’s touchdown run during the Nebraska 2013 spring game. (Photo courtesy the Team Jack Foundation)

The Team Jack Foundation, in partnership with the Nebraska State Legislature, will commit to a $3 million project for the development of a pediatric brain tumor program at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

In May 2015, the legislature approved the bill, which helps fund a $3 million project to develop a pediatric brain tumor program at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. The legislature approved $1.8 million in general funds for 2015-16 and $1.8 million for 2016-17 for pediatric cancer, of which $1.5 million per year is for pediatric cancer research and $300,000 per year is for pediatric cancer specialists. Team Jack committed to privately raising $1.5 million more toward the pediatric cancer specialists over six years.

“The State of Nebraska and Team Jack Foundation have reached an important milestone in treating and researching pediatric brain cancer and giving our children access to the best treatment possible,” said Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. “It is a terrible disease affecting our children and we are honored to stand with them. This funding will be a game changer for the children of Nebraska and surrounding area.”

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine physician and longtime Team Jack supporter, Don Coulter, MD, says organizations like Team Jack are important – and the med center’s collaboration with this nationally-recognized Nebraska organization is fitting.

“Even though Team Jack is known around the world because of Jack running for a touchdown during the spring football game, it’s still a Nebraska organization, started by Nebraska people and run by a Nebraska family,” Dr. Coulter says. “It’s incredibly important for the academic leader of the state, as the medical center is, to be involved with a Nebraska project like that.”

Team Jack Statement
Andrew Hoffman, board chair of the Team Jack Foundation, gave the following statement: “On behalf of the Team Jack Foundation and all the children and families affected by the disease, I am proud to announce that we are ready to stand side-by-side with our state’s great legislative body and provide matching funds for this project. We are not only humbled by this opportunity, but are honored that the great State of Nebraska has agreed to take a stand with us against this disease.”