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Cancer in remission for Jack Hoffman, 8-year-old star of Nebraska spring game
OMAHA, Neb. — The young boy with cancer whose touchdown run at the Nebraska spring football game was viewed by millions on the Internet is in remission, his father said Monday.
Jack Hoffman, now 8, captured the hearts of Nebraska football fans when, with the players’ help, he ran 69 yards to score during April’s intrasquad game. His scamper was viewed nearly 8.4 million times on YouTube and replayed on national television. The video also won an ESPY award as the “Best Moment.”
“Doctors came in and said this tumor is rock-solid stable,” Hoffman said, noting doctors compared Wednesday’s MRI to a baseline MRI done in June and saw the malignancy had stopped growing.
The encouraging news was tempered by warnings from the doctors: More than half of all kids in Jack’s situation have relapses.
The boy’s future is filled with MRI scans: one every three months for the next year, every six months for the year following, and then once a year.
Jack is a second-grader at a school near the family’s home in Atkinson, a city of about 1,240 people in north-central Nebraska.
The rest of his family will continue to raise money for cancer research through the Team Jack Foundation.
“We’re not living life in fear,” Hoffman said. “We’re busy living.”
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