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The 'Challenge' is now local
Millersburg firefighters will take cold baths Labor Day;
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 everywhere.

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 Philadelphia Area.’’

Donation envelopes are available at the fire house and at Lehman’s Hardware, 246 Market St.

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 dgood@sentinelnow.com; 692-4737, ext 104; or 1-800-959-2715, ext. 104.

 




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