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President Obama meets with an Atkinson, NE family

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Jack Hoffman meets with President Obama. Jack Hoffman meets with President Obama.
Jack Hoffman runs in a 69-yard touchdown in Nebraska's Spring football game. Jack Hoffman runs in a 69-yard touchdown in Nebraska's Spring football game.
Jack Hoffman during the game. Jack Hoffman during the game.

When the President of the United States requests your presence at the White House, most would jump on a plane in heartbeat.

That's exactly what the Hoffman family of Atkinson, Nebraska did this week.

Many are familiar with seven-year-old brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman and his 69-yard touchdown in Nebraska's Spring football game.

The video of his run went viral, more than eight-million people have seen it.

One of those viewers was President Barrack Obama.

After the President saw the big run, he contacted Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska and made arrangements to meet the new football star.

Monday, the Hoffman family, along with former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead made the trip to Washington to talk about the touchdown run, about "Team Jack" and raising more awareness for pediatric brain cancer research.

Andy Hoffman, Atkinson, NE said, "He talked a lot about his brain science initiative, the human genome project and some of the things he has been involved and been a part of. He certainly understands what our goal is as a family."

During the 15-minute visit, the President thanked Rex Burkhead for befriending Jack.

Last week the U.S. Senate approved September 26th of this year as National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day.

Jack's dad says the resolution will lead to more funding for pediatric brain cancer research.

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