Atkinson, Nebr. (September 28, 2016)—Co-founder of the Team Jack Foundation, Andy Hoffman, has been named the 2016 winner of The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide for his philanthropic efforts to find a cure for childhood brain cancer.
Hoffman was among four finalists from across the nation up for the award. This award honors a dedicated NASCAR fan who has positively impacted the lives of children through volunteerism. After two months of online fan voting on NASCAR.com, Hoffman emerged from the group of selected finalists. The voting ended Monday night; the annual award was presented on Tuesday night during The NASCAR Foundation’s Inaugural Honors Gala held in New York.
Over the past six years, The NASCAR Foundation has awarded $875,000 to the charities in honor of twenty remarkable finalists, with almost 200,000 children positively impacted.
Hoffman will receive a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation for the charity he represents, the Nebraska-based Team Jack Foundation, whose mission is to fund impactful pediatric brain cancer research and work to create national awareness for the disease.
“Being recognized by an organization as admirable as The NASCAR Foundation is such an honor. This donation will make a tremendous impact on children with brain cancer and help raise awareness for the leading cancer cause of death in children. The money that we receive from The NASCAR Foundation will be used to launch a new research project aimed at improving treatment for kids with brain cancer and help us get one step closer to finding a cure,” said Hoffman.
Andy and his wife, Brianna, have lead efforts in establishing the Team Jack Foundation and have helped raise over $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research. Hoffman has helped turn his family’s nightmare into a powerful force impacting the lives of children and their families. His passion for fighting pediatric brain cancer is unprecedented. From investing personal resources to volunteering countless hours each year, the Hoffmans are helping lead a nation in the fight against the number one cancer cause of death in children.
Since the Foundation’s inception in January 2013, it has funded five research projects nationally. Recently, Hoffman successfully lobbied for a $3 million brain tumor program at Nebraska’s Medical Center matched by the State of Nebraska. Today, the Foundation is comprised of three staff members, an eight person board of directors as well as a scientific advisory board. The Foundation continues to be powered by generous volunteers all across Nebraska for various projects and events.
“Receiving this award is truly a reflection of all of those amazing people that helped support the Team Jack Foundation since day one. Winning this award, literally, could be the difference between life or death for a child,” Hoffman said.
About the Team Jack Foundation
The Team Jack Foundation’s primary focus is to raise money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research. Childhood brain cancer affects nearly 4,600 children each year, making it the leading cancer cause of death in children. Each year, less than four percent of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research, even less than this is spent on child brain cancer research. The Team Jack Foundation has raised over $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research. The funding is currently fueling five research projects nationwide. The Team Jack Foundation is working with world renowned researchers, directly, to develop relevant and impactful research initiatives.
For more information on The Team Jack Foundation, please visit the website: www.TeamJackFoundation.org. Follow The Team Jack Foundation on Facebook.com/TeamJackFoundation and on Twitter: @TeamJack.
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc. (NASCAR) established The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006 to support initiatives that positively affect the lives of children throughout the United States. The 501(c) (3) non-profit entity partners with medical experts and other charitable organizations to fund children’s health care programs. Now celebrating 10 Years of Giving in 2016, The NASCAR Foundation has cumulatively donated $25 million to reach more than one million children. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit: NASCARfoundation.org. Follow The NASCAR Foundation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NASCARFoundation or on Twitter: @NASCAR_FDN.