Senate Adopts Fischer Resolution Honoring Jack Hoffman, Raising Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced Thursday that the United States Senate has unanimously adopted a bipartisan resolution she offered along with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) designating September 26, 2013, as “National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day.” The resolution highlights the story of 7-year old Atkinson, Nebraskan, Jack Hoffman, who recently ran 69 yards to score a touchdown in front of 60,000-plus fans at Memorial Stadium, touching the hearts of millions of Americans and raising awareness of pediatric brain cancer.

Upon passage of the resolution, Fischer released the following statement:

“Long before Jack Hoffman appeared on the television screens of millions of Americans with his famous dash across the gridiron, I was proud to call him my friend – and my hero. Jack and his parents, Andy and Brianna, have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer and the limited, out-of-date treatment options currently available. This bipartisan resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the Senate, is an important step to help encourage the accurate and early diagnosis of the disease and to find an ultimate cure,” said Senator Fischer.

Jack Hoffman’s parents, Andy and Brianna Hoffman, released the following statement:

“We are so incredibly thankful to Senator Deb Fischer and her colleagues for bringing national awareness to pediatric brain cancer. This resolution is deeply meaningful to our family, and to the nearly 3,000 families that will learn this year that their child has a brain tumor. We are very humbled by the actions of Deb and her Senate colleagues today and we hope that this resolution will help to raise awareness, encourage early diagnosis, and expand treatment options. On behalf of all of the families that are fighting or have fought pediatric brain cancer, we are grateful.

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