As the 2016 winner of The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide, Andy Hoffman received a $100,000 donation to the charity of his choice, Team Jack Foundation, which he founded in 2011 when his son Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Pediatric brain tumors are the #1 killer of kids with cancer and the first-line treatments are over 30 years old, something Andy learned when researching treatment options for Jack. Complete resection of the tumor is often not feasible for the majority of patients with brain tumors, and incompletely resected brain tumors have a high rate of progression and recurrence. Currently available therapies have limited efficacy, and the long-term burden of disease and treatment-related morbidity are significant.
Thanks in part to the $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation, the Team Jack Foundation recently committed $300,000 to a clinical trial that is evaluating a new drug that targets a genetic mutation called BRAF, which is commonly found in child brain tumors. This clinical trial will be available at 14 institutions nation-wide as part of the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium, including Dana Farber Cancer Institute, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Nationwide Children’s hospital, among others.
“I am extremely humbled to have been able to use this award to further pediatric brain cancer research. Thank you to The NASCAR Foundation, the family of Betty Jane France and Nationwide for continuing this amazing program which has allowed volunteers to make a huge impact on the organizations they are so passionate about,” said Andy Hoffman, Board Chair and Co-Founder of the Team Jack Foundation.