HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls held its own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday to raise funds for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, and raise money for the disease.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has spread over the news and social media this summer to gain attention and encourage donations for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Common Stipulations for the challenge require the person who is challenged to comply within 24 hours by either making a charitable donation to ALSA or to dump a bucket of ice water on one's head and challenge several more people to help it spread. Since July 29, the phenomenon has raised over $53 million for ALS research and care.
One resident at the Center has ALS, so the staff brought residents together as 12 staffers had ice water thrown over their heads. Though they were not challenged by someone else to be given the ALS ice bucket ultimatum, the staff wanted to raise awareness locally.
The Center didn't quite fit its event within the stipulations of the challenge, but managed to collect $500 for the ALSA from staff donations. That sum included $150 from staff member Diane Bamrick.
"We had two people at two different points ask for the same thing within a five-day period," said Christa Caron, the center's activities director. "So, I thought ‘okay, let's do it,' because of all the media attention this has been getting.
Staffers Bamrick and Martha Bonneau both thought the event would be appropriate to display the staff's support for the ALSA to the residents.
Bamrick said she has witnessed the challenge on the television and radio, and thought it would be a fun way to contribute to the fundraising phenomenon. "We like to show people that we care about the community and we care about the folks that we deal with on a daily basis," she said.
Bonneau said she couldn't think of any better place to put on an event like this. "My son's football team recently did this. Anything that brings funds to help learn and understand more about ALS is a huge plus. We are small community and everyone knows each other. So, this will definitely help," she said after she and her son, Michael Bonneau, got doused with ice water together.
The center's administrator and former Hoosick Falls village mayor, Laura Reynolds, said her sister from California nominated her for the Ice Bucket Challenge several weeks ago. She said she was too busy to do it within 24 hours, so when Caron organized the center's event, Reynolds volunteered.
"This is a perfect venue for me: More perfect that anything else," Reynolds said. "This is the place I needed to do it. I want to thank all of our employees and residents. They loved it: It's not about us, it is all about them."
Find more photos from the event on the Banner Facebook page. Find the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 21 Danforth St., online at http://nursingandrehab.org/.
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