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Over the past two-and-a-half years, Dominic Hamilton, 6, of Joliet, has been a regular patient at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Dominic has medulloblastoma, a common brain cancer in children, and endured the difficult process of chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and proton radiation.
His hardship came to the attention of Greg, Michelle and Jeff Kurinec, siblings and leaders of a nonprofit called Jeanne’s Journey for Hope. The group has set a goal of raising $20,000 for Dominic and his family.
The capstone of those efforts is to be from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, when JJFH holds its annual fundraiser at Square Celt Ale House & Grill, 39 Orland Square Drive in Orland Park.
A $50 donation at the door provides access to open bar, snacks, raffles, auctions, live entertainment by Maggie Speaks and more.
Through its first seven years of existence, JJFH has raised nearly $100,000 to support the American Cancer Society, and to help seven families pay hospital and medical bills or as income replacement if the disease has resulted in a loss of employment. The past two years, the fundraiser has netted nearly $50,000.
The Kurinecs lost their mother, Jeanne, to colon cancer. Inspired by her lifelong passion to serve others, they have honored her legacy through helping others also fighting cancer. Beneficiaries have included a family with a 2-year-old boy fighting cancer — who is now a healthier 4-year-old — four families whose mothers were fighting cancer, one family whose father was battling the disease, and a close family friend.
Greg and Michelle are graduates of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox. Jeff is a graduate of Sandburg High School in Orland Park.
A variety of businesses and individuals have become sponsors of the event, and anyone interested in exploring how they may become a sponsor is encouraged to contact the Kurinec family at JeannesJourney4Hope@gmail.com.
For more information, visit www.jeannesjourneyforhope.org.