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East Otter Tail 'Go Getters' are top hikers for MS Walk

Perham area "Go Getters" team members, front L to R, Laura Wickline, Mary Chase Jan Peters, George Peters, Kathy Koski, Dennis Guck, Kally Conlin, and Colleen Sazama. Middle row, L to R, Jared Sazama , Brittany Melvey, Eileen Bachmann, Desiree Varner, Hailey Bergstrom, Joan Guck, and Hollie Mills. Back, L to R, Jed Sazama, Justin Sazama, LeRoy Bachmann, Mary Jorud, Amy Koski, Justin Koski, Dale Koski, Pat Conlin, Jodi Conlin, and Wade Mills. Participants not pictured, John/Joyce Bunnell, Erin Bis...

Once again the East Otter Tail "Go Getters" represented the East Otter Tail-Perham area community with style at the area Walk MS held May 2 at the Fergus Falls Community College.

Although the weather kept most of the walkers doing the inside track there were several hardy walkers braving the biting chill outdoors. Fergus Falls was one of 17 locations hosting the Walk MS.

This year there was a total of 135 Walkers in the Fergus location, with over $28,000 raised to fight Multiple Sclerosis. The walkers and volunteers come together with a single goal of stomping out Multiple Sclerosis.

The Go-Getters are proud to once again take the honors of being the largest team with 32 walkers, while raising a dollar figure of more than $8,000.

"This will place us as one of the top fundraising teams at the Fergus Walk, if not the top," said Colleen Sazama, ambassador for the Walk MS in Fergus Falls. This year's collection is more than $2,000 than the East Otter Tail area "Go Getters" collected last year.

Funds raised will go to research and hopefully find a cure for this chronic, unpredictable disease. The Minnesota Chapter of the MS Society supports the area self-help/caregivers groups, water aerobics program and chair exercise program at our area community centers. They also provide licensed social workers to help people navigate through the many questions and resources that are available for families and individuals affected by this disease, along with numerous other services.

"The thanks for the Go Getters success go out to the many individuals, community groups and businesses who contributed, along with the walkers and volunteers for helping us exceed our goals," stated Captain Dennis Guck.