Fundraiser aims to aid Leduc woman affected by health issues

A GoFundMe and three campaigns work to help Marla Smith.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help a Leduc woman regain her independence.

That comes through the page created for Marla Smith, who is now wheelchair-bound after having both of her legs amputated in June.

The primary goal of the campaign is to raise enough money to buy her a modified vehicle that has a lift and hand-controls. Another major importance to Smith is being able to take her two service dogs throughout the community, where she often assists other people with their own service animals.

Forty-three-year-old Smith lost her legs when a soft tissue infection led to wounds so deep that you could see her bone, which resulted in her going into septic shock and having her kidneys begin to shut down. She has now had to give up the home she had rented, and is struggling to find accommodations in Leduc that can support people with mobility issues under the age of 55.

Smith was advised to get a service dog to assist her with issues arising from mobility and pain-related problems associated with her chronic neuroinflammatory disorder. When Alberta began allowing privately-trained service dogs, she trained her Rottweiler, Roxy; making her the first Rottweiler in Canada to be granted service dog status. Roxy is due to retire in 2020, so Smith has began working with a male Rottweiler. 

Along with the GoFundMe, are three fundraisers being run by local businesses. Bronzeado Tan, Pure Essence, and Marble Slab are all holding campaigns throughout September that aim to assist Smith.


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