In October, 2009 I went to Vancouver, BC to visit the Vancouver Home + Interior Design Show and while I was there I met Jeneece Edroff. Here’s a clip of our introduction:
Janeece is 16 and suffers from neurofibromatosis. She has overcome a lot of medical obstacles, including doctors who said she would never walk. Well, not only is she walking, she’s taking huge steps to make a difference in her beloved British Columbia.
Through her “Penny Girl” campaign where she asked people to donate their pennies she has raised a staggering $1.5 million dollars. Yeah, seriously. That’s 150 million pennies! Here’s what she had to say about the campaign, “I am a bit like a penny, by myself, I am not worth much, but with a little help and lots of pennies, you can achieve a lot. Every penny counts and even the smallest person can make a difference.”
Jeneece is making a pretty BIG difference. The money she’s raised is for a family residential center called Jeneece’s Place. Jeneece has been involved in every aspect of this build from the start, even down to the interior design of the house. I hope you guys will check out Jeneece’s site and support her in any way you can. She is really an incredible young woman, and I’m lucky to have met her. Thank you for always helping others despite your own struggles Jeneece. You are awesome and inspiration to all of us!