Cancer patient, 7, runs in touchdown for Nebraska
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A 7-year-old brain cancer patient being treated at Children’s Hospital in Boston was able to score a touchdown for Nebraska during a spring football game.
The touchdown may have been worth six points on the field, but it was worth much more in the hearts of many.
Jack Hoffman ran in a 69-yard touchdown in front of 60,000 screaming fans at the University of Nebraska.
“I think it was Taylor who gave me the ball, and I started running,” Jack said.
And he had only one fear.
“That I might fall down,” Jack said.
Jack has brain cancer. He is from Nebraska, but is being treated at Boston Children's Hospital.
His dad says the disease isn't slowing his son down.
“It was kind of a mixture of emotions. It was a really powerful day for our entire family,” said Jack’s father.
Jack and his family have spent a lot of time in Boston. During treatments, Jack's been to Red Sox games, Celtics games, and he’s even jumped around in the Frog Pond.
His doctors at Children's say he's quite the inspiration, and the touchdown run was fantastic.
“It was a great opportunity for him to be out there with the team and there was a great rapport…or bond between the team,” said Dr. Liliana Goumnerova.
Jack is a huge sports fan. He met a former Nebraska football player two years ago when he was first diagnosed. That friendship led to this weekend's big play.
"It's awesome. I mean, Jack, he's a fighter. He's a strong kid. Just to see him get our here, run around, enjoy the Husker experience,” said Rex Burke, former Nebraska player.
The family says they'll always have a warm spot in their hearts for boston- especially our restaurants.
“I like to go to Dunkin Donuts, Bertuccis, and Game On and the Bleacher Bar,” Jack said.
Jack's moment will go down in history; he was Nebraska's leading rusher for the day.