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Obama spent 15 minutes with the boy, Jack Hoffman, who is recovering from brain cancer; Hoffman's family; and former Cornhusker Rex Burkhead in the Oval Office on Monday, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

The Nebraska newspaper reported that during Hoffman's visit, the president asked the young fan to introduce his family and said he had been following his story on ESPN. The president also gave Hoffman an autographed football with the presidential seal.

"It was a great visit," Andy Hoffman, Jack Hoffman's father said.


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The visit came a week after Sen. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerOvernight Health Care: Mandate repeal sparks fears of premium hikes | HHS nominee to get Senate hearing this month | Trump officials eye work requirements for Medicaid recipients Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog Family leave tax credit added to latest GOP tax bill MORE's (R-Neb.) resolution by designating Sept. 26 2013 as National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day passed the Senate. 

Fischer helped arrange the meeting with Obama after the Nebraska senator heard Jack's story, according to Andy Hoffman.

The Hoffman family flew into Washington on Saturday and plans to fly back home on Tuesday.