© Kirk Starratt
Acadia Minor Basketball players Anna Miller and Olivia Veale with their rainbow loom charm necklaces and bracelets.
As Acadia Minor Basketball hosts Mini Girls Division 4 Provincials at Wolfville School from March 21 to 23, visitors and players are being urged to support a very worthwhile cause.
The local players, including Anna Miller and Olivia Veale, are making rainbow basketball and soccer loom charm necklaces and bracelets to raise funds for 26-year-old Marissa Morse of Hantsport. A past Mount Allison University basketball player, Morse requires surgery after a devastating series of illnesses have left her unable to play. People were asked to make a small donation to the cause and receive a necklace or bracelet. Dara and Milena Ramirez organized the bracelet fundraiser.
Morse, also a former Hantsport School and Horton student, has been diagnosed with EDS, Dysautonomia, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, chronic pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurogenic bladder, tethered cord syndrome and craniocervical instability.
Her tethered cord syndrome and craniocervical instability can be corrected through surgeries in the United States, each costing between $30,000 and $45,000. Morse had the first corrective surgery on Feb. 18, cranio-spinal fusion. As of March 16, $9,334 of the $80,000 fundraising goal had been raised through a website. To donate, visit www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/26-yr-old-marissa-s-life-is-on-hold/129104.