WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday honored Jack Hoffman, the young Nebraska cancer patient whose appearance in the Huskers' spring game turned into a heartwarming Internet sensation.
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., offered a resolution adopted by unanimous consent that notes pediatric brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among children, affecting thousands each year.
The resolution also singles out Jack's emotional gridiron run:
“Whereas on April 6, 2013, 7-year-old pediatric brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman joined the lineup of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team for its spring football game, wearing football pads and a number 22 jersey, and ran 69 yards to score a touchdown in front of more than 60,000 fans at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, touching the hearts of millions of Americans and raising awareness of pediatric brain cancer.”
The resolution goes on to designate Sept. 26, 2013, as “National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day” and commends those fighting the disease.
In offering the resolution on the Senate floor, Fischer got choked up as she talked about Jack as both a friend and “personal hero.”
She said since Jack was diagnosed, he has undergone intense treatments, including an outdated chemotherapy regimen.
“Unfortunately, diminished research funding for pediatric brain cancer has stunted medical advancements, and so treatment options remain limited,” Fischer said. “But Jack and his parents didn't despair. They remained hopeful and determined to discover God's will in their hardships.”
In a statement, the Hoffman family said they and other families fighting such illness are grateful for the resolution:
“We hope that this resolution will help to raise awareness, encourage early diagnosis, and expand treatment options.”
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