NEBRASKA Childhood Brain Tumor Program

Through the efforts of the Team Jack Foundation, a multi-disciplinary childhood brain tumor clinic is now functioning in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2013, the Team Jack Foundation, in partnership with the Nebraska State Legislature, agreed to co-fund a $3 million project for the development of a childhood brain tumor program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center In addition to the initial $3 million program grant, the Team Jack Foundation has pledged an additional $5 million to the Omaha program, a campaign called the POWER5 Childhood Brain Tumor Initiative. The Team Jack Foundation will invest $5 million into the Nebraska Childhood Brain Tumor Program, over ten years, beginning in 2019.      

POWER5 Investment Areas

Laboratory & Clinical Research

Funding laboratory research will allow experts to develop new treatments and offer them to patients through clinical trials. In addition, Omaha will be able to host other national clinical trials as well. 76%  |  $3,800,000  

Pain Management in Cancer

Investing in pain management will help develop a national protocol to help all children fighting cancer better manage pain, especially at end of life. The pain management protocol would include music therapy, massage therapy and more. This type of protocol does not exist for children battling cancer at this time. 14%  |  $700,000


The education piece of the POWER5 program will help develop expertise here in Nebraska with existing medical professionals. It will allow current professionals an opportunity to further their education to become an expert in the area of childhood brain cancer.       10%  |  $500,000  

POWER5 Grant Recipients

Sidharth Mahapatra, M.D, Ph.D.

Clinical & Laboratory Research Grants Education Grant

Sutapa Ray, PhD

Clinical & Laboratory Research Grant

Donald Ronning, PhD

Clinical & Laboratory Research Grant

Caleb Hastings

Pain Management in Cancer Grant

Chi (Kevin( Zhang

Kevin Zhang, M.D, Ph.D.

Clinical & Laboratory Research Grant

Chris Shaffer, PharmD, Ph.D.

Pain Management in Cancer Grant

Kishor Bhakat, Ph.D.

Clinical & Laboratory Research Grant

Chittalsinh Raulji, MBBS

Educational Grant

Nagendra Chaturvedi, Ph.D.

Clinical & Laboratory Research Grant

Development of Brain Tumor Tissue Bank

Thank You To Our Program Supporters:

Kenneth & Verna Mae Jessen Trust

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Heistand-Bro Family Foundation

Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc.

Don & Marilyn Gokie Memorial Fund