TEAM JACK FOUNDATION

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About the Team Jack Foundation

The Team Jack Foundation’s mission is to raise money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research. Childhood brain cancer affects nearly 4,600 children each year, making it the leading cancer cause of death in children. Each year, less than four percent of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research, and even less than this is spent on child brain cancer research. The Team Jack Foundation has raised more than $5.3 million for pediatric brain cancer research. The funding is currently fueling eight research projects nationwide. The Team Jack Foundation is working with world renowned researchers, directly, to develop relevant and impactful research initiatives.

In addition to national research, the Team Jack Foundation has committed $6.5 million to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital & Medical Center to ensure kids in Nebraska and the Midwest have access to the best care possible when diagnosed with a brain tumor. The first $1.5 million pledge in 2015 was allocated for the hiring of a pediatric neuro-oncologist, and the announcement of the hiring of Dr. Jonathan Scwartz was made in early 2018. The additional $5 million pledge was part of the Team Jack Foundation's new initiative called the POWER5 Pediatric Brain Tumor Initiative which focuses on clinical and laboratory research, pain management in childhood cancer and education right here in Nebraska.

Programs & Services Offered

  • 100% of funds raised after expenses go to research. In 2018, the Foundation committed to two new projects.

    • Project 1: $5,000,000 was pledged to the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Children's Hospital & Medical Center as part of the POWER5 Pediatric Brain Tumor Program. This $5 million commitment will focus on four key areas: clinical and laboratory research, pain management in cancer, education.

    • Project 2: In December 2018, the Team Jack Foundation committed funds to a new project at Memorial Sloan Kettering. These dollars will support a research project at Memorial Sloan Kettering focusing on a new drug delivery method which would lead to new treatments for kids with DIPG. DIPG is the deadliest form of brain cancer in kids with nearly a zero percent survival rate.

    • In addition, the Team Jack Foundation is still currently funding the UNMC brain tumor program. These projects are committed and paid out annually. Here is a link to Team Jack's funded programs.

Did You Know?

  • Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer death from childhood cancer.

  • 4,600 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor annually.

  • More than 28,000 children (0-14 years of age) are estimated to be living with a brain tumor in the United States.

  • The incidence of childhood cancer in Nebraska exceeds the incidence in the United States.

  • From 2003 to 2014, Nebraska had the seventh highest incidence of childhood cancer in the country.

  • From 2010 to 2014, Nebraska had the highest incidence of childhood central nervous system tumors in the country.

  • Every day, 13 children in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor.

  • We may spend three to five times the amount of research money per patient on most adult cancer cases than we do on children with cancer.

  • Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s research investments are spent on childhood cancer, let alone child brain cancer.

  • Research that focuses specifically on pediatric brain tumors is crucial to saving children’s lives and improving survivors’ quality of life.

You Can Help

The average clinical trial takes an estimated investment of $2 million for three years. You can be the difference in funding a child through a clinical trial.

  • $10 funds 8 minutes of a clinical trial providing new treatments for a child fighting a brain tumor.

  • $25 funds 20 minutes of a clinical trial.

  • $50 funds 40 minutes of a clinical trial.

  • $100 funds 1 hour 20 minutes of a clinical trial.

  • $250 funds 3 hours 17 minutes of a clinical trial.

  • $500 funds 6 hours 34 minutes of a clinical trial.

Dollars at Work

  • In February 2018, the Team Jack Foundation announced the hiring of the first pediatric neuro-oncologist in Nebraska, Dr. Jonathan Schwartz.

  • Also, in February 2018, the Team Jack Foundation announced their POWER5 Pediatric Brain Tumor Initiative which is an additional $5,000,000 pledge to the Child Health Research Institute (a collaboration between Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) with a mission to promote research in pediatric health, consolidate research in pediatric disease, and provide resources to faculty investigators). This $5,000,000 will support four key areas: clinical research, laboratory research, pain management in cancer, education right here in Nebraska.

  • In December 2018, the Team Jack Foundation committed funds to a new project at Memorial Sloan Kettering. These dollars will support a research project at Memorial Sloan Kettering focusing on a new drug delivery method which would lead to new treatments for kids with DIPG. DIPG is the deadliest form of brain cancer in kids with nearly a zero percent survival rate.

Contact Info
Atkinson:
402-925-2120 | web site | 47640 E. Hwy 20, Suite 2, Atkinson, NE 68713
Omaha: 402-972-8487 | web site | 20516 Nicholas Circle, Omaha, NE 68022