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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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In an effort to bring awareness to a not so hot disease, people are taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over.

"This is a devastating disease, it's something that's very much unknown. I think ever since this ALS ice bucket challenge has come about, it has gone worldwide and everybody knows a little bit more about ALS" says Brandi Nickels, with the ALS Association.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrigs disease is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles.

"It gets the word out that maybe we can get more and more donations because people know about cancer, and all this, but we need to know about ALS too because there's no cure."

Theresa Owens says her brother, Joe Kirby has been living with ALS for the past four years, but prior to his diagnosis, he served his country as a marine and was also a truck driver, traveling across the United States.

He also took the ice challenge to bring awareness to the disease that has changed his life dramatically.

"Somebody asked him today what he missed most, he said he missed walking, using his arms, talking and taking care of himself because he can't do any of that anymore" says Owens.

The disease hits home for the WJTV family because former WJTV photographer, Jerry Brooks was diagnosed with ALS.

"Jerry smiles and that beautiful smile means everything to us and so we walk for Jerry and I guess we're going to take the challenge for Jerry" says Melanie Christopher.

Since last month, 10 million dollars has been raised to bring awareness to ALS.


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