Millet town council turned down a fundraising request Apr. 12 after reaffirming that they won’t use tax dollars for donation requests.
Councilors read a letter from Raven Crane, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013 and is raising funds for the MS Society.
“My name is Raven Crane and I live in Millet,” the letter stated. “I am raising awareness for multiple sclerosis, which I live with daily. MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. It affects the brain and the spinal cord.”
Crane stated the disease has many serious effects, but she’s fortunate to have avoided most of them them. “I was diagnosed with relapse remitting MS in the summer of 2013, after I had my daughter,” stated Crane in her letter. “Although I do face many invisible challenges I am extremely fortunate to have all of my functioning (hearing, vision, elimination control, arm, leg and body functioning control) and I have muscle strength. I do have symptoms that affect my daily life such as severe nausea, nerve pain, memory loss, extreme fatigue and lack of concentration. This disease is incredibly unpredictable and currently there is no cure.”
Crane said she considers herself lucky and wants to help raise funds to combat the disease. “Because I am blessed to still have my bodily functions and movements, I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness and donations and donations by walking in the Jayman BUILT MS Walk in Rossdale Community Park in Edmonton,” stated Crane.
“Participants have the option of walking for two or five kilometers. The walk (check-in) begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 28. I feel I am the perfect advocate because I have the disease myself, yet I am well enough right now that I can do the walk and I can spread awareness. I am looking forward to participating in the walk for others who are physically unable, for those who suffer MS symptoms daily, for myself and for the MS Society in efforts to find a cure,” stated Crane.
Crane requested a charitable donation from the Town of Millet and thanked the council for their time.
Councilor Pat Garret stated, although she admired Crane’s courage, town council couldn’t support it because to support one charity, council would have to donate to all and the town doesn’t have the resources for that.
Garret suggested passing on the letter to other community organizations that handled charitable requests, such as the Lions Club or United Way.
Councilor Mike Storey also stated that town council, if they granted charitable donations, would have no idea if taxpayers, too, supported any particular campaign.
Councilors agreed to decline the request, forward the letter to other organizations and send a letter to Crane explaining their decision.