Jack Hoffman, the seven-year-old pediatric cancer patient who scored an inspirational touchdown during the Nebraska Cornhuskers spring game on April 6, got to visit the White House yesterday to meet President Obama. (Read and watch more: Video: Sweet Score: Jack Hoffman, 7, Scores Inspirational TD in Cornhuskers Spring Game)
Jack Hoffman, his family and former Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead visited Obama for 15 minutes in the Oval Office on Monday. Obama presented Jack with a new football and told him he was proud of him.
"I thought it was awesome," Jack said.
Burkead befriended Jack back in 2011, soon after the youngster was diagnosed with brain cancer. Their friendship led to the "Team Jack" campaign that has raised awareness and funds for research.
According to the Associated Press, the trip to Washington came about after Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb) mentioned Jack's touchdown run to the president in casual conversation, said Jack's father, Andy Hoffman. Obama told Fischer that he knew about Jack from watching his touchdown run on television and that Jack should visit him at the White House.
Jack met first with Obama, and then he introduced the president to parents Andy and Bri, little sisters Ava and Reese, and Burkhead. Obama spoke briefly to Burkhead about his NFL prospects and thanked him for all he has done for Jack. The Hoffmans, in turn, thanked Obama for meeting with them.
"It was just such a great opportunity for us to visit him and raise national awareness for pediatric brain cancer," Andy said. "He talked about his commitment to research and science."
Last week, the U.S. Senate in Jack's honor created a resolution that designated Sept. 26, 2013, as "National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day."
To learn more about Team Jack and how to help the fight against pediatric cancer, please go to TeamJackFoundation.org.