Andy and Bri Hoffman just wanted five minutes of Rex Burkheads time. The more than 200-miles it would take them, one way, to drive from their home in Atkinson, Neb., to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln was nothing. Not with what Jack, their six-year-old son, was going through.
Five minutes with Burkhead and a couple of pictures with their sons favorite player well, the favorite Cornhusker of the entire Hoffman family was all it would take to bring a smile to the face of pediatric brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman. In 10 days Jack was due to undergo a second operation to remove the tumor that surrounded his brain stem and cerebral artery.
Jack was at risk of possible death, of stroke. It was a very invasive surgery, said Andy Hoffman.
For two hours on Sept. 15, 2011, Jack and Rex couldnt be separated, not until a Nebraska athletic department official made sure Burkhead went to the class he had coming up.
The day was more than the Hoffmans dreamed it would be. The day struck Bu...