2016 Winner-Team Jack Foundation
In 2011, Andy Hoffman’s world was turned upside down when his son, Jack, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. When looking into treatment, Andy learned that the procedures to treat pediatric brain cancer – surgery and chemotherapy – were more than 30 years old. Team Jack Foundation raises money to fund impactful pediatric brain cancer research and works to create national awareness for the disease.Their long-term goal is to fund research at the top research centers in the United States and internationally with a special emphasis on the state of Nebraska and the surrounding region, where research centers are limited.
Andy Hoffman was treated to a VIP Experience at Michigan International Speedway. Andy started his day with pace car rides.. Andy received his official Award jacket from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer. He attended the Driver's and Crew Chief’s Meeting where he met The NASCAR Foundation Board Chairman Mike Helton and Miss Sprint Cup. He was introduced alongside NASCAR drivers at the pre-race ceremonies. Lastly, he joined NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson in Victory Lane to celebrate his first win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
On September 27, Andy Hoffman from Team Jack Foundation was announced as the 2016 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner. During the evening, Andy was introduced by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. The video below was played to show guests Andy’s passion and commitment to Team Jack Foundation.The charity he represents, Team Jack Foundation, will receive a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to further research into finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer, a disease which affected his son Jack.
"As a parent, when your child receives that first cancer diagnosis, it’s a process. It’s devastating. It’s paralyzing. Then you go from being paralyzed to almost having a pity party, and you’re praying, asking God, ‘Why?’ But then, the next step is, ‘How are we going to beat this thing?"