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Buffalo "Snow Angel" helping others despite her own health struggles

South Buffalo woman says shoveling snow helps her deal with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Posted at 6:42 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 18:42:21-05

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) — We've all heard the advice when there are big snow events in Buffalo: help others and check on the elderly.

Michele Craver on Keppel Street, Buffalo is one of those who really takes that advice to heart.

"Number one, it is a good deed that you are doing," said the 43-year-old former postal carrier.

Craver is well known by her neighbors as the person who will shovel walks, driveways and steps to help her elderly neighbors and those who are at work or unable to shovel themselves - and she does it while being technically disabled from her struggles with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

"She loves to do it. She keeps herself strong and keeps herself busy. She just loves to help other people," said neighbor Kim DiFlavio.

Craver was diagnosed with MS in December 1997 and being outside in the cold is very difficult.

"The cold weather really gets to me. It stiffens me. So, I know my limits and what I can and can't do."

The South Buffalo "Snow Angel" told reporter Ed Reilly, that despite her health challenges, she wants to help others because it helps her mentally deal with MS.

However, Craver said there are times when her MS flares up and prevents her from going outside to help. In those cases, Craver said she was thankful that others on Keppel Street were willing to step-up and help out.

You can hear from this incredible "Snow Angel" in the attached video clip.

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