ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeps through our region
Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:29PM EDT Last Updated Friday, August 29, 2014 3:00PM EDT
By now you have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge or at least seen the videos on your Facebook feed.
Celebrities, professional athletes, and regular people are taking the ice cold showers to raise money and awareness for the deadly neuro-degenerative disease, ALS.
The viral phenomenon traces its origins to University of Arizona women's basketball coach Niya Butts, who made the Cold Water Challenge popular earlier this summer in hopes of raising awareness and money for breast cancer research. Then former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates heard about the idea from fellow ALS patient Patrick Quinn and got his friends and family involved.
The 29-year-old Frates is suffering from the disease and no longer has use of his arms or legs.
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