Lake County takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Deerfield Tuesday 8-19-14 A large bucket is used to cover Aaron Karp and Rob Wyatt with ice water as they participate in the ALS challenge at Deerfield HS Tuesday 8-19-14. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media
Deerfield Tuesday 8-19-14 A large bucket is used to cover Aaron Karp and Rob Wyatt with ice water as they participate in the ALS challenge at Deerfield HS Tuesday 8-19-14. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral on several social media outlets, leading to an increase in awareness of the disease as well as donations to the ALS Association. According to the ALS Association, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, which leads to motor skill impairment, paralyzation and, eventually, death.

This challenge calls on individuals to pour ice cold water on themselves, momentarily causing them to experience a shock in their nerves from the temperature of the water. Several Lake County residents and institutions have participated in the challenge, leading to an increase in awareness and donation and we’ve rounded up their experiences.

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