The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is flooding the nation, with everyone from former President George W. Bush to celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber getting soaked for charity. The Riverside area is all wet as well.
Friends challenge each other to donate $100 for ALS or take a soaking and post photos or video to social media.
Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey was among the latest Thursday to have ice water poured over his head in the fundraising stunt that has gone viral. Drenched while sitting in the fountain in front of City Hall, he challenged his City Council colleagues to do the same or donate $100. According to The ALS Association, Ice Bucket Challenge donations have surpassed $79 million as of 8/25/14. For more information about ALS research in Riverside County, click here to connect with The ALS Golden West Chapter Support Group located here in Riverside.
ALS, or Lou Gehrigs Disease, is a progressive disease that causes motor nerves to degenerate in the brain and spinal cord so the nerves can’t control muscles, leading patients to lose their ability to walk and talk and leading to eventual paralysis and death, according to the ALS Association.
The people of Riverside are brought together around common interest and concerns, to engage with one another and accelerate the common good for all. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is just one example of Riverside coming together as a unified city. Research and awareness for ALS is an important cause whether you are a professional, college student, or the Mayor. It is refreshing to see all types of individuals from different backgrounds in the community doing there part to try and make a real difference.
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