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Texans RB Rex Burkhead to host fundraising event for pediatric brain cancer


Brooks Kubena

Sep. 23, 2022

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Texans running back Rex Burkhead smiled at the memory. It’s been almost 10 years since Jack Hoffman, a survivor of pediatric brain cancer, ran for a touchdown in Nebraska’s annual spring game. It’s been almost 10 years that Burkhead’s been involved in “Team Jack,” a fundraising organization that’s raised almost $10 million toward pediatric brain cancer research.

Burkhead first met Jack while playing for the Cornhuskers. Jack had just been diagnosed at age 6, had just undergone the first of two surgeries, had just no idea how much longer he’d live. Their interaction blossomed into a friendship, into an invitation to practice, then a game, then his spring game touchdown, then a 2013 visit to the White House.

Burkhead and his Nebraska teammates still host events raising money for The Team Jack Foundation. They hosted a golf tournament in Lincoln this past summer. 

On Oct. 10, Burkhead will host a fundraising event at Top Golf in Katy. Burkhead, 32, has been a board member of the foundation for most of the organization’s history. His role has increased since Jack’s father, Andy, died last year after his own bout with brain cancer.

“He was the backbone of it,” Burkhead said. “Did so much for the foundation, and we’re just trying to carry on his legacy.”

The foundation raises money for new research and modern methods for children who’d otherwise not have access.

“That was a big thing,” Burkhead said. “Some of these treatments were 30, 40 years old that they were doing, and they were having many side effects because of that, of course. Just wanted to help them out in their every day lives if they do have to go through trials, do some treatments that they’re not having these side effects from those.”

Donations at October’s event will directly fund pediatric brain cancer research.

“It’s a joy to be a part of,” Burkhead said. “Just trying to do as much we can.”

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