"Ice bucket challenge" helps ENC families deal with ALS

'Ice Bucket' challenge helps local families with A.L.S.

VANCEBORO, CRAVEN COUNTY - The nationwide craze called the "Ice Bucket Challenge" is helping ENC families deal with Lou Gerhig's disease.  One way it's helping is through the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge craze is spreading. Tuesday, the staff at Farm Life Elementary School in Vanceboro lined up and iced down, all in the name of awareness.

In turn, the staff challenged the mayor and police chief of Vanceboro, along with the school system's superintendent and board of directors. A chain reaction of challenges has made the event a success. Since the ice bucket challenge started, ALS Association officials say more than $22 million has been raised nationwide

Local chapter members say it has also made people aware of Lou Gehrig's disease, which is half of the battle in finding a cure

"People are talking about ALS around the water cooler.  They are donating.  People know what ALS means, so much of our job is just spreading awareness for this disease," says Laura Cowan with the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association.

The local chapter of the ALS Association helps 450 people who have been diagnosed with the disease    

"We've seen a huge influx of donations into our local chapter, and we are so grateful for that and we hope this can lead to a cure," says Cowan.

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