The United States Senate has passed a resolution designating September 26, 2013 as National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day.
Sen. Deb Fischer introduced the bill along with Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar if Minnesota. The resolution highlights the story of 7-year-old Jack Hoffman, of Atkinson, Neb., and his heart-touching story that includes a 69-yard touchdown run at the University of Nebraska spring game.
Sen. Fischer said, "Jack and his parents, Andy and Brianna, have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer and the limited, out-of-date treatment options currently available. This bipartisan resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the Senate, is an important step to help encourage the accurate and early diagnosis of the disease and to find an ultimate cure."
"This resolution is
deeply meaningful to our family, and to the nearly 3,000 families that will
learn this year that their child has a brain tumor," said Jack's parents in a statement following the announcement. "We are very humbled by the
actions of Deb and her Senate colleagues today and we hope that this resolution
will help to raise awareness, encourage early diagnosis, and expand treatment
The resolution also acknowledged that though pediatric brain cancer is rare, it is the leading cause of cancer deaths among children.
Included in the resolution were also commendations for all children battling brain cancer, and their family and friends; organizations bringing light to the disease, including Team Jack and the University of Nebraska; and the researchers, scientists and healthcare professionals looking for a cure for pediatric brain cancer.