Eight-year-old Husker fan Jack Hoffman's pediatric brain cancer is in remission, the family learned this week.
An MRI revealed that 60 weeks of chemotherapy treatments not only stopped his tumor from growing but also shrank it.
The Atkinson, Neb., boy captured the hearts of Husker Nation after befriending former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead in 2011. This year he garnered national attention after his 69-yard touchdown run during the Husker spring game. Video of the play went viral online. The run earned Jack an ESPY award, and he met President Barack Obama.
Andy Hoffman said Friday that he's “cautiously optimistic” about his son's prognosis.
“We're so incredibly thankful that the chemo seems to have done its job, and the tumor is stable. Hopefully, it's knocked out for good,” he said.
Jack will receive an MRI every three months for one year to monitor his tumor, then twice a year if the scans are clean, and eventually once a year if there is no change.
Next week doctors will remove his chemo port, a device under his skin that helped administer chemotherapy treatments.
“He associates getting rid of that chemo port with getting his life back, his little boy life back,” Andy Hoffman said.
He also said the family will continue to raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research.
Hoffman expects the family's Team Jack Foundation and other efforts to commit more than $1 million to pediatric brain cancer research by the end of the year.
“We are so excited about what lies ahead in terms of ... our ability to raise money and the state's response to that,” he said. “We are so incredibly thankful for everybody's support.”