Cancer charity founder whose son starred in heartwarming viral video dies at age 42


The father of a boy whose fight against cancer spurred one of the top-viewed feel-good viral moments of the past decade, has tragically died of cancer months after his own diagnosis.

Andy Hoffman, 42, made headlines about a decade ago in his quest to raise awareness and secure treatment for his son Jack, who was afflicted with pediatric brain cancer.

While Jack, now a 15-year-old high schooler, has survived and continues his battle with glioma, Andy sadly succumbed only months after he was diagnosed with a separate form of brain cancer late last year, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

His passing was announced by Team Jack, the charity Andy and his wife Brianna founded on behalf of their son and other pediatric brain cancer sufferers.

"Andy was our fearless leader who loved his family with all his heart," the charity said on social media. "Andy, we love you & we promise to honor your legacy by fighting harder than ever for kids."

Thanks to Andy's tireless efforts, the foundation has reportedly raised over $8.5M since its inception, and perhaps of equal importance, facilitated the famed viral highlight which helped to draw attention to the cause.

Little Jack, 7 years old at the time, became a national sensation for his heart-warming 69-yard touchdown jaunt at the Cornhuskers' annual spring game in 2013.

The clip was viewed millions of times over, was awarded an ESPY, and even earned the Hoffmans an invitation to the White House to meet President Obama.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the state owed Jack a debt of gratitude.

“Nebraska will always remember Andy’s work helping to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer, and his own fight over the last several months,” Ricketts said.

Former Nebraska star Rex Burkhead, now with the New England Patriots, paid tribute to Hoffman on Instagram.

"God gained an unbelievable soul in heaven today, in Andy Hoffman," the post read.

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