On Monday, The Daily Tribune News joined the campaign to raise awareness for the neurodegenerative disease, accepting the challenge extended Sunday by WBHF AM 1450. The Ice Bucket Challenge calls for the person to issue their own challenge to others, who have 24 hours to complete the task or donate to the ALS foundation of their choice.
The Daily Tribune News’ Managing Editor Jessica Loeding issued the challenge on behalf of the newspaper to: The Chatsworth Times, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor, Bartow Fire Chief Craig Millsap, Cartersville Fire Chief Scott Carter, Sheriff Clark Millsap, Cartersville Police Chief Tommy Culpepper, Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force Commander Capt. Mark Mayton, Adairsville Interim Chief Arnold Gillman, Emerson Police Chief Stan Bradley, Euharlee Police Chief Terry Harget, Kingston Police Chief Gary Bell, White Police Chief David King, and Superintendents John Harper and Howard Hinesley.
On Monday, the ALS Association announced that the Ice Bucket Challenge had raised $15.6 million in donations, compared to $1.8 million during the same July 29 to Aug. 18 time frame last year. The donations came through existing donors and almost 307,600 new donors, according to a press release.
Commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.
“When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert,” the ALS Association website states.
According to the foundation, an average of 15 people are diagnosed with ALS each day. The average life expectancy from the time of diagnosis is two to five years.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, used for months to bring awareness to charitable causes, skyrocketed after Pete Frates, 29, a former Division I college baseball player and ALS patient, set off the viral sensation with the help of players for the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.
For more information on the ALS Association or the Ice Bucket Challenge, visit www.alsa.org.