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Friends, family, strangers raise money at benefit for family

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 8:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 11:53 p.m. CDT
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Jimmy Miller gets a hug from a friend during a benefit for his son, Korbin, who passed away from a unknown illness last week. The benefit at the Twisted Moose in McHenry raised money for the Miller family who lost their infant son from a unknown illness.

McHENRY – People squeezed into the Twisted Moose, which was left with standing room only as people placed bids on sports memorabilia.

People were paying hundreds of dollars for autographed footballs, jerseys and pictures, as they raised money to help a family who recently lost its infant son.

The benefit Saturday helped the Miller family. Jimmy and Jenna Miller's son Korbin died on Jan. 6, just shy of turning six weeks old. He died after a fice-day stay at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

The cause of death is unknown. The family said Korbin was healthy before his illness.

Money raised Saturday will be used to help with the funeral costs, medical bills and unexpected costs that have risen since Korbin’s illness.

Event organizers also sold T-shirts of Tim Jennings intercepting a pass over the Chicago skyline, with the word "Hawk" written on it. Jennings was scheduled to attend but canceled because of an illness.

Event organizer Wayne Jett said he expected to raise at least $20,000 from the event.

Many people in the crowd wore orange shirts that said Korbin Krusaders. On the back it had the number "26" and the name Hercules.

Korbin was born Nov. 26, and while in the hospital, Jimmy and Jenna Miller called Korbin Hercules because he kept fighting, said Jordanne Baseggio, Jenna's friend, who was at the fundraiser.

"It's completely overwhelming and it's awesome that people who don't even know them would come out to help them, and do whatever they can," Baseggio said.

At the beginning of the benefit, which packed the Twisted Moose, was a slideshow of pictures of Korbin.

Both Jenna and Jimmy Miller addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support.

Jenna Miller said people should slow down and savor time with their children.

"I just want to remind everybody, a lot of us take things for granted. I only had 42 days," Jenna Miller said. "Don't brush it off like they might do the same thing tomorrow."

Jimmy Miller said the community support was overwhelming. "It's incredible."

"Your prayers and donations have been instrumental in helping us cope with our loss," Jimmy Miller said.

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