Just a few days left to vote for Team Jack founder in NASCAR contest

Just a few days left to vote for Team Jack founder in NASCAR contest
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ATKINSON — There’s only a few days left to vote for Andy Hoffman, the co-founder of the Team Jack Foundation, to win the NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.

Online votes will determine the winner from among four national finalists. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Monday. Go to NASCAR.com/Award to vote.

The award honors a volunteer who embodies the ideals of charity and community that Betty Jane France, founder of The NASCAR Foundation, championed throughout her life. France died last month.

Each finalist will receive a minimum $25,000 donation to a children’s charity. The winner will receive a $100,000 donation. Each finalist also receives a trip to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and a trip to The NASCAR Foundation’s Honors Gala in New York City, where the 2016 award winner will be announced.

The Team Jack Foundation works to raise money and pediatric brain cancer research.

“I am humbled and grateful for our efforts with the Team Jack Foundation to receive this recognition,” said Hoffman, of Atkinson, Nebraska. “This nomination helps the Team Jack Foundation make this disease a national priority, which is our No. 1 goal.”

Hoffman and his wife, Brianna, have led efforts in establishing the Team Jack Foundation and have helped raise over $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research. The Hoffmans’ son, Jack, has been battling pediatric brain cancer for several years.

Andy Hoffman’s “passion for fighting pediatric brain cancer is unprecedented. From investing personal resources to volunteering countless hours each year, Hoffman is helping lead a nation in the fight against the number one cancer cause of death in children,” a NASCAR Foundation spokesman said.

Recently, Hoffman successfully lobbied for a $3 million brain tumor program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center that was matched by the State of Nebraska. Today, the Team Jack Foundation has three staff members, an eight-person board of directors and a scientific advisory board.

“When our son was diagnosed with brain cancer and we found out that the treatments were over 30 years old, we knew we had to do something, not just for our son, but for all children,” Hoffman said. “This donation to the Team Jack Foundation will be a game changer. It will give these children hope. It may be the difference in funding a new clinical trial or not.”