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Submitted by Jeanne’s Journey For Hope
4:24 am CDT July 8, 2019

Nearly seven years ago, three siblings from Orland Park lost their mother to colon cancer. Even before Jeanne Kurinec’s death, her lifelong passion for serving others was honored by a fundraiser in her name.

Ever since, Greg, Michelle and Jeff Kurinec have continued to channel their grief into providing hope and financial support for other families traveling a similar path.

This year’s eighth annual Jeanne’s Journey for Hope event is still four months away, but first the Kurinecs need to identify the next beneficiary of their charitable not-for-profit.

Preference is given to applicants who live in or near the South Side of Chicago and the southern Chicago suburbs, although prior families have hailed from throughout the region. Greg and Michelle are graduates of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox,
and Jeff is a graduate of Sandburg High School in Orland Park.

The Kurinecs encourage anyone with questions to contact them through an application form available at The application deadline is Friday, July 12.

So far, JJFH has raised nearly $100,000 to support the American Cancer Society, and to help six 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.

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 family at Jeannes

The culmination of this year’s effort is to occur from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, with a fundraiser at Square Celt Ale House & Grill, 39 Orland Square Drive in Orland Park.