By: Lauren Fabrizi
The Team Jack Foundation is showing it means business when it comes to the fight against pediatric brain cancer.
It's been quite the journey for the now 8–year–old Jack Hoffman since being diagnosed, but he's got a full–fledged army battling with him.
the foundation held its first ever gala at the Cornhusker Marriott Saturday night.
"We can raise a lot of money for research," Jack said.
"There's going to be a big impact made tonight and we're really excited about that," Andy Hoffman, Jack's father, added.
"This is very, very special," Gov. Dave Heineman said. "We're one big family, and again, we want to be supportive of Jack."
About 700 people throughout the state were there. The gala featured dinner, drinks and a silent auction.
ESPN's Shelley Smith hosted the event. NFL players and former Huskers Rex Burkhead, Jared Crick and Alex Henery made the trip.
Nebraska native and San Diego Charger Danny Woodhead also came out.
"It's not about football, it's not about fame," Woodhead said. "It's because they really care, and that's how it should be."
For jack, he said there's nothing more important to him than finding a cure. He's been in remission since October, but said he doesn't want anyone to have to go through what he did.
"Because then not much people would have brain cancer," Jack said. "And not have to go to surgery."
While Jack's father, Andy, said he's so humbled by the amount of people who came out Saturday, he said it's not about the amount of money raised but about getting the word out why supporting cancer research is so important.
"If you do those things right, hopefully people will find the motivation to support the cause," Hoffman said. "Doing our best job to educate all those in attendance."
So far, the Team Jack Foundation has raised more than $1 million for pediatric brain cancer research. That number will grow as a result of the gala.