ATLANTA-- The Ice Bucket Challenge is a way to spread awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.e phenomenon leaving the nation cold and wet has made its way to Atlanta Alive.
The disease is a progressive neurodegenerative which affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. According to ALSA.org, approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year.
While the challenge only requires two things -- a participant and a bucket filled with ice water -- it is making a big impression.
In the two-week time period between July 29 and August 12, 2014, the ALS Association and its 38 chapters received over $4 million in donations from people all across the nation. During the same time period in 2013, the association received just $1.12 million.
On Wednesday, August 13, the on-air staff at Kicks 101.5 successful completed the feat, but not before challenging Vinnie Politan and the Atlanta Alive crew.
Less than 24 hours later, Vinnie, Crash Clark, Blayne Alexander, Fred McFarlin were drenched. The quartet challenged Julie Wolfe, Jaye Watson, Tracy Humphrey and Chesley McNeil, who will take part in the bone-chilling event on live on Atlanta Alive on Friday, August 15. They took the bait and were drenched on live TV Friday morning.
Vinnie issued the #IceBucketChallenge to Gubernatorial candidates Gov. Nathan Deal, Jason Carter and Andrew Hunt. Jaye Watson added the Senate candidates Michelle Nunn and David Perdue. The rest of the Atlanta Alive team issued the challenge to our two other favorite teams: Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Dream.
David Perdue was the first to accept the challenge:
More information on ALS can be found here.