Mak­ing memories

Aug. 31 ben­e­fit for Shel­burne County man planned

Tri-County Vanguard - - FRONT PAGE - AMY WOOLVETT

A ben­e­fit is planned for a Shel­burne County fam­ily.

At 45 years old, William Nick­er­son has spent much of his life help­ing oth­ers. Now it is the com­mu­nity’s time to help him.

Nick­er­son was di­ag­nosed in Oc­to­ber 2015 with mul­ti­ple myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone mar­row.

There was hope that chemo­ther­apy treat­ments would help erad­i­cate the cancer and he had a stem cell treat­ment in Jan­uary of 2017. Nei­ther was suc­cess­ful.

“We’re tak­ing it one day at a time,” said his wife Nikki Nick­er­son. “He did get bad news. He’s tak­ing chemo in hopes it’ll buy him more time and get months in­stead of weeks.”

On Aug. 31 there will be a Dutch auc­tion to help the fam­ily from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Shel­burne Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

One of the or­ga­niz­ers of the fundraiser, Jodi Ybarra, said they only started plan­ning a

few weeks be­fore the event and have re­ceived an over­whelm­ing re­sponse of do­na­tions for the auc­tion.

“We have got­ten a lot of great sup­port so far,” said Ybarra. “For a small town it never ceases to amaze me the amount of sup­port they give.”

She says they hope to raise enough money to al­low Nick­er­son to make the most of the time he has left.

“It’s about mak­ing memories,” said Ybarra.

The fam­ily wants to make as many memories as they can be­fore they have to say good­bye.

“We are book­ing a trip to St. John’s, New­found­land, with our fam­ily,” said Nikki Nick­er­son. “When we got the bad news, we knew we had to make it hap­pen.”

Al­ready a gen­er­ous do­na­tion has been made to cover the ex­penses for the trip.

William Nick­er­son was a volun- teer fire­fighter for the Shel­burne fire depart­ment for 17 years. He owned his own div­ing com­pany and has worked as fa­cil­i­ties sup­port lead at the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

CON­TRIB­UTED

William, Mad­dox and Nikki Nick­er­son.

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