The Jenny Fund sets third annual ‘Fun’raiser’
NASHUA – Community members are gearing up to celebrate The Jenny Fund’s third annual Fun’raiser, in honor of former Nashua resident Jennifer Gureckis, who lost her life after a six-year battle with brain cancer on April 23, 2017.
Shortly after Jenny’s death, her family started The Jenny Fund, which aims to provide funding for data to support grant-writing activities for Massachusetts General Hospital’s Translational Brain Tumor Immunology Lab, which is led by Jenny’s doctor, Dr. William Curry.
“It’s hard for doctors. They have to have a base before they can even begin researching,” Jenny’s mother, Sandi, said.
The goal of organizers is to continue raising funds in search of a cure. Jenny was diagnosed with brain cancer during her senior year of college and put up a strong fight for six years.
“She had a great smile – that’s what everyone always talked about. She never gave up. She was always fighting. Even toward the end, the doctors told her she should take it easy, but she tried every option she could,” Sandi recalled.
Jenny went to school in Nashua until the ninth grade when she began attending New Hampton School. She went on to attend Saint Anselm College and graduated with a degree in biology.
Basketball was a passion of Jenny’s, which is why, Sandi said, The Jenny Fund now hosts a free basketball clinic in partnership with PAL and Boys and Girls Club for local youth.
Within their first year, organizers raised nearly $20,000 for research through a GoFundMe page. Last year, they raised $35,000. This year, the goal is $70,000.
Currently, officials are getting ready to host their third annual Fun’Raiser. It is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd, Nashua.
They have once again rented the Holiday Inn’s Bounty Room and will be providing fun activities for all ages. There will also be dinner, raffles, a live auction and music.
In addition, organizers recently hosted their first golf tournament, on Aug. 23, at Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield. The tournament generated $36,000 for The Jenny Fund.
More than 150 golfers participated in the tournament, which also included a continental breakfast and a barbecue lunch, as well as raffles and a live auction. Curry and Neurosurgeon Dr. Bryan Choi also attended.
The top golf teams of the tournament include:
• First place, Chris Overko, Nate Langford, Ben Roy and Jon Dixon
• Second place, Connie Alvates, Nick Lafauci, Adam Goinsalvos and Dave Zwicker
• Third place, Craig Gureckis, Scott Dupont, Tyler Delorme and Ryan McLaughlin.
Officials would like to thank all sponsors, donors and volunteers for making the day successful.
Grace Pecci may be reached at 594-1243, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.