Jack Hoffman draws crowd, cheers at CWS - Omaha.com
Published Monday, June 17, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 5:30 pm
Jack Hoffman draws crowd, cheers at CWS

Jack Hoffman took the Sharpie and spelled out his first name in big block letters on a fan's T-shirt Monday afternoon.

The 7-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., paused and looked up at the big screen at Omaha Baseball Village outside of TD Ameritrade Park. His now famous run during Nebraska's spring game was on.

Jack's final day of chemotherapy is Tuesday, and the people at the village, run by the Old Mattress Factory, wanted to make sure he had a little fun, spokeswoman Jenny Peters said.

Jack received a baseball glove, batting gloves, a custom baseball with his face on it and a GoPro camera to wear at the game between Mississippi State and Indiana, the only College World Series game he'll attend this year.

And with the fanfare came media attention.

Cameras surrounded Jack as he signed Team Jack T-shirts, the popular shirts used to raise funds for and promote awareness of pediatric brain cancer research through the Team Jack Foundation.

Reporters asked him and his father, Andy Hoffman, questions about the promotions and the amazing moments from meeting President Barack Obama to having his own trading card.

During the game, Jack appeared on the big screen. When he announced to the crowd “tomorrow is my last day of chemo,” fans erupted with one of the biggest rounds of applause of the night.

Yet another day where the spotlight brightly shined on the cancer-fighting boy.

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“For Jack, I think it's all been a little overwhelming,” Andy Hoffman said.

It's put pressure on the family and at times it's been a lot to handle, but the pressure is worth it to raise the country's awareness of pediatric brain tumors.

“We don't know why he's had the magnitude of blessings in his life, but we want to do something with them,” Hoffman said.

The goal is to keep using Jack's fame to spread the message.

“We want America sick of hearing about this disease,” Andy Hoffman said.

For now, Jack will continue to take things in stride.

It's unclear if finishing the chemotherapy will spell the end of his health problems. The tumor is inoperable and he will have follow-up MRIs for a significant period of time, his father said.

But one thing is certain. Those close to him can always rely on Jack to keep the family together, Andy Hoffman said.

“He's had a tremendous attitude,” he said. “He's what keeps us strong.”

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Robby is a a general assignment intern at the Omaha World-Herald and a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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