Memorial stadium is famous for it's sea of red and occasionally a black out, now one family hopes you support a "Team Jack-out" at the Wisconsin game.
Jack Hoffman is a six-year-old fighting pediatric brain cancer. In the fall of 2011, Jack met Rex Burkhead. Following his meeting with Burkhead, a friendship developed and the two have kept in touch ever since. In October of 2011, Burkhead began wearing a red wristband that said “Team Jack - Pray,' which he continued to wear for each game after meeting Jack.
Burkhead’s support of Jack has brought national awareness to pediatric brain cancer and been a pillar of support for the Hoffman family. As a result of Burkhead’s support, he was awarded the National Rare Disease Champion Award.
Now the Hoffman's along with Husker Radio Affiliates across Nebraska and local businesses are selling "Team Jack" shirts to raise money to fight pediatric brain cancer.
Andy Hoffman, Jack's dad, said seeing fans wear the shirt on September 29th will be cool, but it's not only about the shirt, their main focus is awareness.
Andy Hoffman told 10/11 News, "The whole idea is creating a buzz, and raising awareness for the disease that's what this is all about, to put this disease on a pedestal and talk about the number one cancer cause of death in children and how there is a need, a critical need for funding."
Hoffman added, "We're really excited about the shirt because it says it right there, fighting for a victory in the battle for pediatric brain cancer and that's what this is all about, so that's probably the shirt we like the most."
One week into the shirt sales, Husker nation is already buzzing. Rex Burkhead got the first shirt, then a few fans wore them for the first home game, and finally Husker football players wore them while visiting patients at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center this week.
Junior Fullback CJ Zimmerer is president of Nebraska's Uplifting Athletes chapter. The chapter chose pediatric brain cancer as it's cause to raise awareness for. Zimmerer told 10/11, "We just want to let people know it's a killer, thousands of kids like Jack are dealing with this stuff and that's our main goal with the t-shirt, just letting people know there's kids out there who are going through a tough time and we're trying to do what we can to help them out."
When the Huskers take the field against Wisconsin on September 29th, the Hoffmans hope Husker fans will support a "Team Jack Out."
Andy Hoffman said, "We look up and we see that sign, 'Through these gates are the greatest fans in college football.' And my wife and I were talking and I think our family knows that better than the football team, because they have been so incredibly supportive and our hope is they rally behind this cause, and know that when they buy a 'Team Jack' shirt it's not to make us feel good about ourselves, they're investing in a cause, they're investing in a cure for pediatric brain cancer and that's what this is all about."
Below is the list of locations you can buy a "Team Jack" shirt. Proceeds of the sales will go to the Team Jack Legacy Fund through CureSearch for pediatric brain cancer research. The t-shirts retail for $15.00, plus sales tax.
The goal is to sell 10,000+ t-shirts before the game. Due to the limited availability of t-shirts, the Husker Radio Affiliates are asking that shirts be purchased as early as possible so that additional t-shirts can be reordered.
T-Shirt distribution locations:
McCook: Jansen Kool Honda
Albion: Albion Thriftyway
Lincoln: Husker Headquarters
ONeill: The Clothing Company, Krotters Home Center
Atkinson: Lech's Super Saver
Spencer: Drickeys Market
Ainsworth: Kellers Custom Embroidery
Omaha: Husker Hounds
Grand Island: Five Points Bank
Hastings: Allens Superstore
Norfolk: Norfolk GM Auto Center
North Platte: Bill Summers Ford Honda Nissan Dealer
Ogallala: Western Insurers
Sutherland: The Thomas Agency
Alliance: State Farm Insurance