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What started as a way to make people aware of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, has turned into a nationwide trend and made its way to Madera.

More than $31 million has been raised nationwide since late July through the ice bucket challenge, in which people dump buckets of ice water over their heads. The original challenge was a game among professional athletes, who had a choice of an icy bath or donating to a charity. But ALS Association adopted the challenge as a way to promote awareness, donations, and simulate the numbness that ALS patients deals with.

Celebrities such as Jimmy Fallon and Iggy Azalea and athletes like Yasiel Puig and Ronda Rousey have taken part in the challenge for the ALS Association. There is currently no cure for ALS.

Liberty High School graduate Hannah Shevenell took part in the challenge Monday. Shevenell’s college softball teammate, Katarina Davis, challenged her from Ohio as did her cousin, Kevin Mellenberger...


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