April, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to designate September 26 as National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day.
Sen. Deb Fischer introduced the resolution in honor of Jack Hoffman, a young boy from Atkinson, Neb. who is fighting a tough battle against the disease.
And now the people who learned of this disease because of Jack have hope that more light can be shed this deadly disease.
Sen. Fischer released a statement Thursday to mark to special day:
I introduced a resolution designating September 26, 2013, as National Pediatric
Brain Cancer Awareness Day, it was my hope this first day of national
recognition would offer an opportunity to educate families and encourage others
to get involved in an important cause.
"Today, Nebraskans are proud to join the
Hoffman family in their dedicated efforts to raise awareness for pediatric
brain cancer and show support for Atkinson's own Jack Hoffman and the thousands
of children across the country suffering from this horrible disease.
thank the Hoffmans for their inspiring courage and leadership, and I thank all
those commemorating National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day today. It is
by stepping up and working together that we can make a meaningful impact in fighting
this disease, enhancing treating options, and unlocking a cure."
Jack's family has created an organization dedicated
to bringing awareness to the public about pediatric brain cancer and the
out-of-date treatment options that are currently available. More information about Team Jack can be found at www.teamjackfoundation.org.