Ice Bucket Challenge in West Michigan

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. (Aug. 18, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Ice Bucket Challenge that has been making the rounds on social media continues to raise funds for ALS research.

In the challenge, people have a bucket of cold water dumped on them, donate to an ALS nonprofit and then challenge others to do the same. The ALS Association says that as of Tuesday, it had received $22.9 million in donations since July 29. The organization says it raised $1.9 million in that same time period last year.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell took the challenge Monday morning (above).

The Grand Valley State University football coaches posted video on YouTube of them taking the challenge.

Dr. John Mulder and his staff at the Mercy Health ALS Clinic in Grand Rapids took the challenge Tuesday in chilly weather. Mercy Health posted video on its YouTube challenge.

The Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander and model Kate Upton also took the challenge Monday, and posted video on Verlander’s Instagram account.

This weekend, 24 Hour News 8 sports reporters Casey Jones and Larry Figurski took the challenge, as did Sports Director Jack Doles’ family.

>>Watch: News 8 Sports takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lous Gehrig’s disease, is an illness that kills the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



The ALS Association

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