Humbling honor to give PR boost to `Jeanne’s Journey for Hope’ support of Joliet boy

In a lifetime, most people don’t spend more than a few months in a hospital—and some can measure those stays by a handful of days, or perhaps weeks.

Dominic Hamilton.

It’s a different situation for 6-year-old Dominic Hamilton. Over the past 2 ½ years, the Joliet boy 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.

This is how I introduce this year’s effort by Jeanne’s Journey for Hope, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families facing financial hardship as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Read more at the Joliet Patch, ‘Jeanne’s Journey for Hope’ Rallies Around 6-Year-old Joliet Boy.

For the past six years, it has been a humbling honor to come alongside the Kurinec family and other supporters of JJFH. Learn more at the Jeanne’s Journey for Hope website.

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Yo, Rod & Patti Blagojevich: The Offer Stands!

A rather rough day on the PR front for Patti Blagojevich, the beleagured wife of the former governor of Illinois.

She eats a tarantula on “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here,” but the charity of her choice can’t stomach being associated with her. You can read about it here in the Chicago Tribune’s account.

I suppose it’s time for me to remind the Blago Brood that the offer still stands from hair salon owner Theresa Charo. In a February campaign waged by Inside Edge PR (“Client sets sights–and shears–on Blago”), Charo offered to raise $1,000 for charity if Rod agrees to let her shave his head.

And if that scenario isn’t appetizing, Charo will happily cut the entire family’s hair for free through January 2011.

Sure, the $1,000 shaved-head sum pales in comparison to the double-top-secret reality-TV fee that Patti is commanding.

But at least nobody has to drink any hair spray.

No Good Deed Shall Go Unpublished!

“No good deed shall go unpunished.”

I first heard that phrase from Mike Bailey, my curmudgeonly (in a classic newspaper way) former editor at The Courier News in Elgin, Ill. That’s Mike’s mug you see here to the right.

I know Mike didn’t originate the phrase, nor did George Steinbrenner, the longtime (and often curmudgeonly) owner of the New York Yankees baseball empire, pictured below. I summon George’s name because I saw the same phrase on a pillow in his office. That was in January 2001, during an impromptu Yankee Stadium tour that I was fortunate enough to receive.

In effect, the “no good deed” is a humbling reminder that even our best intentions, and best actions, can be met with derision or, befuddlingly enough, strong opposition.

But as I embark on some publicity for a client who is making a significant donation to schoolchildren, I would like to offer a new, more hopeful saying that spins off the jaded “no good deed shall go unpunished.”

Here it is: “No good deed shall go unpublished.”

(I realize that I’m not coining a phrase here–a check of Google turns up seven listings with that PR-tinged line, which, I should note, is about 5,000 fewer references than the more commonly expressed “unpunished” line.)