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Prosser senior trying to organize Valley towns to support MS walk

The senior project Prosser High School student Derek Anderson took on this year is a bit more than just another assignment.

For his senior project, Anderson is trying to organize communities from Prosser to Yakima to support the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) walk this coming April in Prosser. Supporting the multiple sclerosis walk has a bit more meaning for Anderson than having to do it as a graduation requirement. Anderson's father, Gary, has had MS since the seventh grade.

Anderson is looking for people from towns throughout the Valley to attend a meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Sattler and Associates, 718 Sixth Street, in Prosser. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 2005 MS Walk in Prosser on Saturday, April 9.

"My goal is to try and get more people involved," said Anderson.

Prosser has hosted the MS walk in the Valley for eight years. The walk will begin at the City Park across from Prosser High School. The walk stretches four miles, ending back up at the original starting point.

"There are plans for activities after the walk," said Anderson.

At the Dec. 8 meeting, people in attendance will be given information about the walk. Anderson said what he would like to see is people from each community come to the Dec. 8 meeting and take that information to form their own community committees. The MS committee in Prosser has five members, said Anderson.

Anderson would like each community to form its own committee and report back monthly to the Prosser committee.

To Anderson's understanding, the money raised from the MS walk will stay in the state of Washington.

Anderson said he is hoping that a lot of people turn out for the Dec. 8 meeting. He said MS is a disease that can affect people differently.

"I think more people need to understand the disease," said Anderson. "I don't think people are aware of what is going on."

Of the nine MS walks in Washington, Prosser has the smallest turnout.

"We should have more people participating," said Anderson.

. Mike Kantman can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or email him at mkantman@eaglenewspapers.com

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