Jenny Fund’s annual fundraising event on tap

Nashua woman’s ‘courage’ battling brain cancer lives on

Courtesy photo Jennifer Gureckis

NASHUA – For six years, Jennifer Gureckis fought the cruel symptoms of the brain cancer that seemed so intent on keeping her from her life mission: To do everything she could to help find a cure for the disease while selflessly supporting people around her.

So when the end finally came for the aspiring biologist and accomplished athlete on April 23, 2017, Gureckis’s family and friends knew exactly what they would do to honor the memory of their grandchild, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, teammate and friend. By October, six months after Gureckis died, the nonprofit Jenny Fund was up and running.

Now, working to build upon last year’s event, organizers have put together the second annual Jenny Fund “Fun’raiser.” They expect a sellout crowd to join them Friday night at the Holiday Inn of Nashua’s famous Bounty room.

It was right after Gureckis passed that her family and friends began exploring ways to continue her mission of supporting brain cancer research, while bringing comfort and hope to those around her.

First came a GoFundMe account, which promptly raised upwards of $17,000 to support brain cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she participated in studies with prominent neurosurgeon Dr. William Curry – and donated her brain tissue for future research.

In the nearly 14 months since the Jenny Fund launched, the family and their army of volunteers have organized events that include a basketball-oriented clinic for elementary school-age children, which they organized each weekend in June on the courts near the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua.

“We raised money before the event; all the kids got a basketball and T-shirt; it was a lot of fun,” said John Gureckis, Jen’s brother and president of the Jenny Fund.

“The goal was to get kids outside – keep them active … have a good time,” he added.

To help make the event a success, dozens of coaches, former basketball players and other athletes from high schools and colleges throughout the region took part, John Gureckis said.

Meanwhile, the Friday fundraiser, in addition to the large silent and live auctions, raffles, live music and other surprises, will feature talks by two research doctors on Mass. General’s Brain Tumor Immunology Laboratory, which is run by Curry, Jen Gureckis’s neurosurgeon.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_DeanS.

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