Andy Hoffman passes away from cancer

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 5:26 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2021 at 5:31 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Andy Hoffman, who is well known for helping raise millions for childhood brain cancer research, passed away from cancer Monday morning.

Andy, co-founder of the Team Jack Foundation, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in late July 2020 and had been undergoing treatment.

Andy’s wife, Brianna, made a blog post on February 20, letting people know Andy’s health had been declining and there wasn’t much more doctors could do. At the beginning of February, she said what started out as a cough turned out to be coronavirus, delaying his chemotherapy treatment and other appointments. Brianna said he had no coronavirus symptoms after about day 5, but during that time his neurological symptoms worsened.

Since 2013, Andy has dedicated his life to helping find a cure for childhood brain cancer research. Andy’s son, Jack, was his inspiration behind the foundation. After being diagnosed with brain cancer at age five, Jack won the hearts of many with his touchdown run in the 2013 Nebraska spring game. ESPN aired a feature about the Hoffmans in December called “Twice the Fight”, focussed on the family’s effort to raise money for childhood cancer research. To date, the Team Jack Foundation has raised more than $8 million. You can donate to the Team Jack Foundation by clicking here.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer released the following statement after the death of Andy Hoffman:

“Andy Hoffman was a remarkable Nebraskan, a loving father, and a wonderful friend. He was also an amazing advocate for curing pediatric brain cancer, the horrible disease that impacted his son Jack and affects too many other American families. We are heartbroken that Andy is gone, but we are comforted knowing his legacy will live on through the incredible work of the Team Jack Foundation. Bruce and I are praying for Brianna, Jack, Ava, Reese, and the entire Hoffman family.”

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse also released a statement:

”Andy’s death is tragic, and Melissa and I join Nebraskans in praying for his family. When Jack broke away on that unforgettable 69-yard touchdown run, our whole state adopted the Hoffmans as part of our families — rooting for Jack and all those fighting pediatric brain cancer. Andy — by helping share Jack’s story — helped raise awareness and money to fight back against the terrible disease. His family and legacy will continue to make Nebraskans proud.”

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