The Ice Bucket Challenge is continuing to make the rounds on the Internet as participants raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The premise of the social media-driven initiative is to invite people to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads and then challenge others to do the same. In lieu of dousing themselves with frigid water, individuals challenged can make a donation to the ALS Association.
The ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 to Thursday, compared with $2.1 million during the same period last year. According to the association, there have been 739,275 new donors.
Last week staff of The Chronicle-Telegram participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged the city of Elyria, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and Elyria Schools to participate.
On Tuesday, Northwood Middle School Principal Michael Basinski and Assistant Principal Stacey Gatten participated in the challenge. They challenged Eastern Heights Middle School and Westwood Middle School.
Members of the Elyria Schools administrative team are gathering Friday afternoon to accept their challenge.
On Thursday, representatives from UH Elyria, including Francis Gardner, vice president of general counsel; David Cook, chief operating officer; Don Sheldon, president; and Brian Hoagland, chairman of the board for UH-Elyria, along with Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda, took part in the challenge.
Afterward, UH-Elyria challenged The Center for Orthopedics and Ed Oley of Mercy-Lorain Region, and Brinda challenged the city of Lorain and Mayor Chase Ritenauer.