We all want to be on a team. Some team. Any team. If it happens to be an amazing team…well, that’s a phenomenal bonus. The main thing is that we end up somewhere, with some group of people, all wearing the same jersey, and all working toward the same goal.
If you’re not on a team, I’ve got some exciting news for you – you can be on one within the hour, and all it takes is buying a t-shirt. The team is called “Team Jack,” and it’s not just any team—it’s one of those amazing ones. Let me tell you about it:
On April 22, 2011, Jack Hoffman, a little bike-riding, fish-catching, Husker-football-watching boy from Atkinson, Nebraska was life flighted to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. He was having life-threatening seizures. Doctors found a tumor on Jack’s left temporal lobe.
Jack had surgery to remove the tumor on May 20, 2011, but it was unsuccessful and the remaining tumor was labeled “inoperable.” Jack had more seizures (Secondary Epilepsy). But Jack’s family kept at it – consulting specialists, praying, and doing everything in their parental power to find a solution. On October 10, Jack underwent another surgery with a pediatric neurosurgeon, Liliana Goumnerova, and she removed approximately 95% of the tumor. This surgery also helped Jack not have any more seizures.
Before this second surgery took place, Jack got to meet one of his heroes, Nebraska’s star running back Rex Burkhead. Since that first meeting, Rex has spent countless hours with Jack and his family. (#22 for the Huskers eventually won the “Rare Disease Champion Award” from Uplifting Athletes because of his commitment to helping Jack.)
Sadly, in April of 2012, an MRI revealed “significant growth” on the spot that Dr. Goumnerova wasn’t able to remove. This new growth was labeled “inoperable.” Jack began chemotherapy on April 27, 2012 through Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
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