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Ndamukong Suh joins Jack Hoffman's fight to raise funds for pediatric brain cancer

Posted May 3, 2013

Seven-year-old Jack Hoffman made headlines in April when he ran in a 69-yard touchdown during the Nebraska spring game

Seven-year-old Jack Hoffman has been battling brain cancer for more than two years.

A Nebraska native, Jack made headlines after befriending his favorite player on the Cornhusker football team, Rex Burkhead.

With that friendship as a catalyst, Jack led the team through the tunnel and onto the field prior to last September's game vs. Wisconsin. He also made headlines after running a 69-yard touchdown during the team's April 6 spring game.

Now former Nebraska Cornhusker and current Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is joining the fight.

Suh has pledged to help Jack to raise awareness and research funds for pediatric brain cancer through the selling of Ndamukong Suh "Team Jack" T-shirts.

"All net proceeds will support pediatric brain cancer research and also help provide children suffering from pediatric brain cancer with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities through the Ndamukong Suh Family Foundation," said the Team Jack Foundation website.

Jack and his family have dedicated themselves to funding pediatric cancer research amidst the experiences they have had to endure the past two years.

Following his initial diagnosis, only a small part of Jack's tumor could be removed in surgery. Because of the pressure the remaining tumor was applying, Jack continued to experience seizures – sometimes up to 11 per day.

After consulting specialists at the Children's Hospital in Boston, Pediatric Neurosurgeon Liliana Goumnerova was able to remove a significant portion of the remaining tumor in a second surgery conducted in October of 2011.

Unfortunately, the small "spot" that remained grew aggressively shortly after that surgery and Jack continues to undergo chemotherapy.

What has fueled Jack and his family's desire to fund pediatric cancer research is the chemotherapy treatment currently available to children with this form of cancer.

The highly toxic treatments Jack is receiving are the same treatments children were receiving in 1985 and -- according to CureSearch – one-half of all chemotherapy drugs that children take (for all cancers) are more than 25 years old.

Both Jack and Ndamukong Suh are hoping that the sales of this T-Shirts can help raise significant funds to help that cause.

To purchase shirts, fans can visit the Team Jack Foundation website.

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