The 'Challenge' is now local
Millersburg firefighters will take cold baths
ALS had claimed one of their own in 2008
It’s been on television. It’s
been all over social media. It’s been just about
And now, the Ice Bucket
Challenge, a fundraiser that has raised millions
of dollars for the ALS Foundation, is making its
way into the Sentinel’s coverage area.
The Millersburg Fire Co. is
holding what it calls a Community Ice Bucket
Challenge Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 1) at 3 p.m.
at firehouse, 325 Center St.
The event is being held in memory
of former Fire Chief Robert “Jake’’ Lehman Jr.,
who died from complications of ALS in March 2008
at age 56.
Firefighters plan to take part in
the challenge and members of the public are
invited to participate as well.
‘‘Our goal is to make this the
largest group in the challenge,’’ company
president Heather Alleman stated.
‘‘If you choose to do the
challenge, you are asked to give a donation of
at least $10. However if you choose not to do
the challenge, you are asked to give a donation
of at least $100,’’ Alleman explained. ‘‘All
donations collected (Sept. 1) will be sent
directly to the ALS Assocation of the Greater
Donation envelopes are available
at the fire house and at Lehman’s Hardware, 246
Participants are asked to bring
their own buckets.
About ALS and the ‘‘challenge.’’
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also
commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, causes
the progressive slowing down of normal
activities including muscle movement, speaking,
swallowing and breathing. There is at this time
no known cure for the disease.
The first publicized instance of
someone dumping a bucket of ice water to raise
money for the ALS Association took place in
mid-July. Typically, the event involves an
individual being challenged, then calling on
others to do the same.
Participants typically donate $10
or more. Those who are challenged but refuse to
participate are expected to donate $100.
As of the most recent tabulation
(Aug. 24), the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised
more than $70 million for the ALS Association, a
national non-profit organization organized to
raise funds to unlock a cure for the disease.
Planning a ‘Challenge?’
Any other group or organization
that is planning an Ice Bucket Challenge – or
already has performed one – is asked to reach
out to the newspaper at the email@example.com;
692-4737, ext 104; or 1-800-959-2715, ext. 104.