It was the first gala since founder Andy Hoffman’s death.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The 8th annual Team Jack Gala took place on Friday. It was the first gala without founder Andy Hoffman, who died in March after a battle with cancer.
“Now is the time to honor Andy, Jack and the Hoffman family by continuing to be a part of the fight against childhood brain cancer,” Scott Frost, Nebraska head soccer coach, said in the virtual presentation.
Various guests took part in the gala. The foundation also honored families affected by childhood brain cancer, including three-year-old Cole Christensen who died of cancer in 2012. His family spoke at the gala.
Brain cancer in children is the leading cause of death in children. The gala is Team Jack’s largest annual fundraiser and has raised more than $ 2.5 million for childhood brain cancer research since 2014.
“They traveled all summer, went to trade shows, Jack and everyone are there as a family, go to these small towns to raise awareness,” said Andy’s brother Mike Hoffman. “I don’t think many people realize that.”