I pay tribute to Maitland Artisan Gallery owner, former restaurateur, former President of the Maitland Business Chamber and Dry July ambassador, Jenni Nichols, who bravely shared her family's painful story to help others.
Jenni is happy to say that she likes a glass of red wine and I may have shared one or two with her over the years. But during Dry July she abstained to raise money for Redkite and help families as they step through their cancer journey.
Jenni knows that journey well. She has made it twice: once beside her stepson, Wes, who lost his battle with melanoma within seven months of his diagnosis, and once with her son, Jesse, who won his fight against sarcoma.
Jesse is now cancer free, but Jenni can remember the times they spent at Westmead Children's Hospital and the comforts provided by Redkite.
She set herself a $3,000 fundraising target and totally smashed it, bringing in $3,727.70 in donations.
Congratulations, Jenni. You are an inspiration to our community.