Team Jack encourages donors to participate in upcoming Holt County blood drives

May 28, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. – Seven-year-old Jack Hoffman is well known for his strength while fighting brain cancer; his quest to increase awareness and funding for pediatric brain cancer; and his 69-yard run for a touchdown during the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ spring football game. In June, Team Jack is lending its support to help other cancer patients by encouraging donors in Holt County, Nebraska, Jack’s home county, to turn out and give blood.
“Blood transfusions and usage of blood products is critical during cancer treatment,” said Brianna Hoffman, Jack’s mother.  “Holt County is unbelievably supportive.  We would like our friends and neighbors to know that when they give blood, they are filling a very important role in the battle against pediatric brain cancer and all childhood and adult cancers.”
It is not uncommon for patients with cancer to require blood during their treatment.In fact, some cancer patients require daily transfusions.
The family of Jack Hoffman is committed to fighting for those suffering from pediatric brain cancer.  To that end, they have started the Team Jack Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to raising money to help fund childhood brain cancer research.  Encouraging people to give blood is just another way to help in the fight.
“We are so thankful to the Red Cross and for what they mean in the fight,” said Andy Hoffman, Jack’s father.  “We are especially thankful for the countless volunteers that help at these blood drives and encourage others to give blood.”
Team Jack is encouraging everyone in Holt County to consider donating blood in June.  By doing so, the people in Holt County can help other patients continue their fights against childhood cancer. 
In honor of Jack, the Red Cross has tagged the June Holt County blood drives the “Team Jack Blood Drive.”
Team Jack Blood Drive dates
Wednesday, June 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Atkinson Community Center, 206 W. Fifth St., Atkinson
To make an appointment, please call Gaylene at (402) 925-5934 or visit
Monday, June 10 from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
O’Neill Knights of Columbus. 410 W. Douglas St., O’Neill
To make an appointment, please call Ellen at (402) 394-1215 or visit
Wednesday, June 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Stuart City Auditorium, 204 Parnell St., Stuart
To make an appointment, please call Abby at (402) 924-3041 or Donna at (402) 924-3469 or visit
Wednesday, June 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Methodist/Presbyterian Church, 119 N. Spruce St., Ewing
To make an appointment, please call Cheryl at (402) 626-7558 or visit
The Team Jack Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About the Team Jack Foundation
The Team Jack Foundation was formed out of a grass roots movement which started in Atkinson, Nebraska.  The predecessors to the Team Jack Foundation, the family of Jack Hoffman, and their friends and colleagues, are fully committed to raising substantial money for the sole purpose of funding relevant pediatric brain cancer research. For more information or to join the fight against pediatric brain cancer, visit