C.J. Zimmerer, Jeremiah Sirles and Sean Fisher wear their new Team Jack shirts.
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Rallying Around Team Jack and a Great Cause

By NU Athletic Communications

Randy York's N-Sider Blog

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The Nebraska-Wisconsin game is 18 days away, and that brings up an important question: Do you have your Team Jack Tee-Shirt yet? It's been almost a year since the Jack Hoffman Story broke on the eve of Nebraska's game at Wisconsin. Husker Nation rallied around the 6-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., then and continues to support him now. Every time Jack takes treatments for a difficult disease, his personal fight raises awareness for pediatric brain cancer.

That's why Team Jack has become exponentially bigger than Little Jack's courageous story. What started as a Bucket List trip to Memorial Stadium so Jack could meet Rex Burkhead has evolved into a strong friendship and an all-out blitz to make a difference in the lives of every child fighting through similar experiences.

A total of 7,000 red tee-shirts have been printed with the Team Jack logo, and organizers are hoping to print at least 3,000 more shirts that also have an officially licensed "N" to help support Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit charitable organization. More than 50 Husker football players started their own chapter of Uplifting Athletes so they could have a framework to join the fight against pediatric brain cancer.  A major motivator for Burkhead and his teammates is now a formalized group seeking to help not only Jack, but other children across the country battling brain cancer.

Team Jack tee-shirts, priced at $15, plus tax, will support Team Jack when NU's All-Big Ten running back receives his 2012 Rare Disease Champion Award from the national Uplifting Athletes organization before the Wisconsin game. Each Team Jack shirt proudly displays the group's meaningful mission:

Fighting for a Victory in the Battle against Pediatric Brain Cancer

Seventeen Husker Sports Network affiliates have adopted the pediatric cause and are promoting the campaign to distribute tee-shirts. Proceeds will go to the Team Jack Legacy Fund by CureSearch to help fund pediatric brain research.

Andy and Brianna Hoffman, Jack's parents, became passionate about supporting a national campaign when they learned that the chemotherapy protocol for their son's treatment had been developed 25 years ago with no advancements and no improvements since it was introduced.

Fans wishing to join the Hoffman family and the Husker Sports Network in taking pediatric brain research to a new level are encouraged to check with their local Husker Sports Network affiliate.

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