Support Through the Generations: The Anderson Family
Walla Walla, WA
From a young age, Meagan Anderson-Pira remembers her father, Myles Anderson, talking with her about the importance of making her own decisions. Myles and Myrna, Meagan’s mother, discussed sex education early on, so that Meagan could learn about her body and how to be an advocate for herself, as well as other youth.
As a counselor for more than 30 years, Myles has been investing in the Walla Walla community by helping people advocate for themselves to get access to social services they need. He’s referred many of his own clients to Planned Parenthood for support, information and health care. Myles continues to financially support Planned Parenthood because he wants to improve his community. Meagan has followed in her father’s footsteps and embraces the family tradition of donating to PPGWNI. Their support ensures that others may have access to quality care and ownership over their own medical decisions. Meagan plans on passing the legacy of choice and sex education to her young son.
Supporting Women in Rural Communities: Andrea Altmayer
Moving to the Yakima Valley over 25 years ago, I quickly became aware of the difficulty of providing women’s health services in a rural environment. Thankfully, Planned Parenthood was here, quietly furnishing needed education and support in our community.
Planned Parenthood has been a significant advocate of women’s health and reproductive rights for as long as I can remember. They are instrumental in giving hope and knowledge to women, which in turn enables women to make informed and thoughtful decisions based on fact and current medical practices.
When we heard about the new Teen Council program that trains high school students to be peer educators in their schools, we were immediately on board with the project. Education, approachability and accessibility to reliable information will give our youth the tools to make wise and healthy decisions. We are proud to support Planned Parenthood because we believe it makes a difference and ensures that women and their families will always have options available to them in a safe and rational environment.
Helping People Lead Happy Lives: Dr. Jerry LeClaire
I support Planned Parenthood because I believe that people who have adequate sex education and access to reliable birth control have greater potential to lead happy lives. Every child a wanted child is a worthy goal.
I learned long after my father’s passing that he had to endure the consequences of unplanned pregnancies. At the time, in the 1920s, neither birth control nor safe abortions were legal. I remember my father’s passion to have these lifesaving services available to all families around the world. I support Planned Parenthood because I share in his beliefs that every person has the right to fulfill their dreams and everyone should have the ability to decide if and when they become a parent. In doing so, I hope this will improve the individual and collective lives of others.
The Impact of Education: Sonia Schmitt
Walla Walla, WA
I blame my mother for initially inspiring my support. She was a remarkable woman who was a child welfare case worker in the 1940s. She often helped young pregnant teen girls find care. Through her work, it became apparent to my mother that young people were not getting the information that they needed. In my preteen and teen years, my mother was open with me about sexual health information. Many of my friends at that time felt that they could go to her with questions and she would be open and honest with them.
Fast-forward some years later; when I was a teacher in California, Planned Parenthood of San Mateo County contacted me to facilitate classroom discussions about sexual health. Through this experience, I realized that the lack of information young people had about sex was still a major problem. I was inspired to dedicate 2 days a week to volunteer at Planned Parenthood, and I did that for 20 years. I moved to Walla Walla when I was in my 60s and continued my support through financial gifts to Planned Parenthood.
I continue to support because there is a greater need now more than ever. With greater need there must be greater support.