Spokesperson: ‘Ice bucket challenge’ nets $2.3M since July 29 for ALS research

The “ice bucket challenge” that has been blowing up social media feeds in recent weeks has been wildly successful in raising money and awareness for

ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease,

ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is an incurable, degenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. (Credit: News 12)

WOODBURY - The “ice bucket challenge” that has been blowing up social media feeds in recent weeks has been wildly successful in raising money and awareness for the ALS Association.

The viral challenge involves nominating friends to either donate to ALS research or dump a bucket of ice water on their head for the Internet to see.

A spokesperson for the ALS Association says they have received $2.3 million since July 29, compared to $25,000 last year.

Devon Trettien, of Garden City, took the challenge in memory of her grandmother, Irene O'Ryan, who died of ALS in 1994.

“It was really hard seeing her in the wheelchair deteriorating. It's a very sad thing to watch happen,” said Trettien.

ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is an incurable, degenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say Areefeen Hirji, of Muttontown, was in 1 Teen arrested in connection to deadly Woodbury crash
Police say Mathew Moscowitch was driving erratically before 2 Police: Man high on drugs crashes in Huntington Station
Police say 14-year-old Nicolo Signore was hit while 3 Teen fatally struck by car in Miller Place
FILE - In this June 16, 2016 file 4 Democrats elect Perez party chairman on second ballot
Edna Gruvman, of Dix Hills, was in attendance 5 Hundreds rally for health care protection in Huntington

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE