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Difference Maker Award

The DIFFERENCE MAKER award is an annual award given to someone who has gone above and beyond to make an difference in the life of those impacted by childhood cancer.  This is just our way of bringing some well deserved attention to the silent heroes among us.  Thank you for all you do to leave the world a better place than when you found it!

2014"Difference Maker" Award

Presented to Bridget Fargen



2014″Difference Maker” Award

Presented to Bridget Fargen

Bridget Fargen, whom you may know her best from her work on Lincoln’s own channel 10/11,  is a dedicated journalist and outstanding TV broadcaster.  Bridget has worked very hard to put a spotlight on pediatric cancer and make research and funding a item that received National attention.  She devotes her time and energy to countless events and organizations supporting pediatric cancers.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Team Jack foundation and was also the recipient of the 215 Nebraska Broadcasters Association Gold Award for Service to Children for a new piece she did on Funding Pediatric Cancer Research.
We could not think of anyone more deserving of this years honor.  She has puts our children and our community first and we are so very grateful for her contributions and support!  

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2013″Difference Maker” Award

Presented to Andy Hoffman

  Andy Hoffman is from Atkinson, NE.  His son Jack was diagnosed with brain cancer the same week as Tyson.  In fact both of the boys underwent surgery the same week, by the same Pediatric Neurosurgen, Dr. Puccioni of Children’s Hospital of Omaha.  Jack went on to run a 68yrd Touchdown in the spring game while Andy and the Team Jack Foundation used the public platform to raise just over $1,000,000.00 for Pediatric Cancer Research in their first year.

Somehow, even with all that going on, Andy Hoffman found a  way to provide the guidance, legal expertise and time, to get another grass roots movement up and running.  The Tyson’s Treasure Chest foundation was created to put happiness back in the hands of children suffering from cancer and Andy was instrumental in getting us started.   We could not think of anyone in 2013 that made more of an impact in lives of pediatric cancer patients or their families than he did.  Andy, because of the difference you have made in our life and the lives of countless other children just like Tyson, we were honored to present you with the 2013 Difference Maker award.  Thank you for all you do behind the scenes when no one is looking

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2012 “Difference Maker” Award

Presented to Jason Aldean


Jason Aldean was the first recipient of the “Difference Maker” Award.   After hearing about Tyson’s story, Jason decided to make a child’s last wish come true.  He sent Tyson a care package loaded with posters, CD’s, autographed memorabilia and even a personalized video message just for Tyson.  

As if that was not enough, Jason decided that meeting Tyson was now on HIS bucket list.  Just two short weeks before Tyson passed away, Jason got his wish.  Tyson met up with him before a show in Atlanta on May 18th, 2012.  This single act of kindness made Tyson’s last dream come true, and cemented Jason’s place as our inaugural  award recipient.  

We were so happy to have the chance to present him the award in person at the Pinnacle Bank Area Concert on September 19th, 2013.  We even got one final autograph on Tyson’s very own guitar.

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Know someone who deserves this award?


Complete the form below and let us know who.  We are looking to recognize others who make a real impact in others lives!

Here are the only qualifications we require…
  • Someone who makes a real difference in the lives of families and children fighting pediatric cancer
  • Someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to bring happiness to others
  • Someone who has dedicated part of their life to the fight for pediatric cancer