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Stories like this one can break your heart. But then you can also be uplifted when you see how wonderful people can be to their fellow man or woman in need. There isn’t much that President Barack Obama can do for seven-year old cancer patient Jack Hoffman, but he can at least give him the thrill of a lifetime.
The president brought the little boy into the Oval Office for a visit, so that the brain cancer victim could enjoy being next to the most powerful politician on earth. This is at least the second great thrill for Hoffman, who was on national television running for a touchdown on the field with the Nebraska Corn Huskers. The scene was viewed seven million times on Youtube and tugged tears out of anybody who was watching.
Obama gave Hoffman a signed football when he visited the Oval Office for 15 minutes on Monday.
He also told the boy he was proud of him.
“I thought it was awesome,” Hoffman said about the visit.
Jack Hoffman with former Nebraska football player Rex Burkhead after meeting President Obama at the White House on Monday. Burkhead was just drafted by the Cincinnatti Bengals.
A photo released by the White House shows the sports lovers chatting as Hoffman holds his souvenir.
The football fan was joined at the White House by his parents Andy and Bri and little sisters Ava and Reese.
“It was just such a great opportunity for us to visit him and raise national awareness for pediatric brain cancer,” Hoffman’s father Andy said. “He talked about his commitment to research and science.”