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Teen hopes to raise $10,000 for MS fight

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge Junior High sixth-grader Claire Sarnowski is seeking to raise thousands of dollars to fight multiple sclerosis.Lakeridge Junior High sixth-grader Claire Sarnowski is at it again, hoping to raise another $10,000 for the fight against a disease that has affected her mom, Carol, all of Claire’s life.

Last year, Claire raised $10,300 for the MS Walk, which supports the fight against multiple sclerosis. This year, she wrote on her donation page, “my goal, as a daughter of a person with MS, is that I can put my fundraising skills to use for a fantastic cause.”

“Over the years,” she adds, “I have been able to see my fundraising dollars being used productively as new MS drugs have been developed.”

Claire’s charitable efforts made her the fifth-largest fundraiser in the State of Oregon last year. As a result, the National MS Society invited Claire to its National Leadership Conference in November. And with another $10,000 in mind, her hope is to again attend the conference this fall in Denver.

According to her online fundraiser page, Claire is nearly halfway to her goal, with $4,625 already collected.

To learn more or to help her in her fundraising efforts, go to main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/claireswalk.

— Andrew Bantly