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News 4 Investigates: Charity run helps nobody

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Brian, who suffers from cancer, never saw the more than $8,000 raised for him at a 5K run. Credit: KMOV Brian, who suffers from cancer, never saw the more than $8,000 raised for him at a 5K run. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

It started with great intentions. 

On September 25th runners lined up in Afton for a 5k run to raise money for Brian Williams. Williams is suffering from lymphoma. 

"I was grateful, I didn't ask for any of this" said Williams. 

The event was organized by Melissa Carlton. Carlton tells News 4 more than 8 thousand dollars was raised, but none of the money made its way to Williams. 

Carlton says her former bookkeeper Michelle Reeves offered to handle the money. 

According to Carlton, Reeves said, "I have a non profit that I'm setting up as I speak with my husband, you can run the money through us, and we can pay out to Brian." 

The Missouri Secretary of State's office shows Reeves non profit, "Serving others Successfully," was created in July of 2016. 

Carlton says she's asked Reeves to turn over the money on multiple occasions, but nearly two months after the run that hasn't happened. 

Carlton provided copies of a text exchange with Reeves. In one text Reeves stated, "as for sending out the check, I can't do anything without board approval." 

The St. Louis Better Business Bureau recently investigated Reeves. 

In a brief phone interview with BBB, Reeves said her board recently approved releasing the money to the patient, but said the charity first needed a “paper trail” that included two forms of identification and copies of the man’s medical bills. She said the board is composed of herself, her husband, her daughter and others who she declined to identify.

Michelle Reeves declined an on camera interview with News 4, but agreed to speak on the record by phone. 

Reeves began a brief interview with Investigative Reporter Chris Nagus but Reeves abruptly ended the call. 

Reeves told Nagus: "lets just say Melissa contacted me oh probably around the first part of August, maybe the middle part of August, and wanted to know how she was going to do this fund raiser for Brian. She wanted to know the donations. Oh, I apologize let me call you right back, I have to take this call on the other line. I will call you right back ok I apologize."

Reeves never called back, and as of November 23rd Williams still hasn't received any funds from the charity event. 

Williams is recovering after enduring multiple rounds of chemotherapy. His friends have created a Gofundme page to help with expenses. 

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