First Lady Sally Ganem did the honors. Gov. Dave Heineman got drenched.
All for a good cause.
The First Lady dumped a bucket of ice water onto the governor to fulfill Heineman’s acceptance of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.”
In addition, Heineman donated $100 to the ALS Association’s Nebraska Chapter.
“I’m glad to be able to help raise awareness for the individuals struck with this devastating disease,” Heineman said in a written statement released by his office. “I hope others will join the challenge to learn more about ALS as we continue to seek a cure.”
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, University of Nebraska-Lincoln volleyball head coach John Cook, and Nebraska Television (NTV) in Kearney news anchor Marylyn Barnett had challenged the governor.
In turn, the governor issued his own challenge. Heineman has issued an ice bucket challenge to Omaha World-Herald Publisher Terry Kroeger; KETV in Omaha news anchor Rob McCartney; and KFAB on-air personality, and “Governor Dave” impersonator, Jim Rose.
The ice bucket challenge has taken on a life of its own. Originally, the challenge was to donate to the ALS Association within 24 hours or been drenched with ice water. Mostly though, those challenged take the cold and still donate the money.
The ALS Association says it has raised $31.5 million from the challenge.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Most commonly, ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70. As many as 30,000 Americans, or about 2 in 100,000 people, have the disease at any given time, including world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
For more information, please visit The ALS Association website at: www.alsa.org.