Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WRDW) - ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.
The ice bucket challenge is growing in popularity all over social media. You either donate to ALS, dump ice water on your head, and raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
The ALS association highly supports this ice bucket challenge. According to the association in the past two weeks, they have received $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year.
A clinic in Augusta is the only ALS foundation clinic in the state. They have about 170 patients they see right now but the cost of treating one ALS patient is 250,000 dollars a year.
Meredith Anderson took the challenge LIVE on News 12 at 6 o'clock. You are supposed to select either being doused with a bucket of ice-cold water OR to donate to support ALS, but Meredith decided to do BOTH.
When you get iced, you get to call out three people. Since Tim Strong and Jessica Dill called out our awesome News 12 viewers, Meredith had to think of three people to specifically name. She chose WGAC's Austin Rhodes. You can catch him Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. on 580 AM/ 95.1 FM.
Next up is LL Cool J. You can catch the rapper and actor on News 12 in NCIS: Los Angeles.
Last, but certainly not least, is University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt. As a graduate from UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, she bleeds red and black and knows Coach Richt will step up.
Meredith admits to being too cold to speak. (It really is a wonder she got as many words out as she did afterward. If you know Meredith, she DOES NOT do cold very well.) I think we all know she meant to say "Monday," but clarifying just in case. So... Austin Rhodes, LL Cool J, and Coach Mark Richt, you have officially been challenged.
Your deadline is Monday.
We're hoping you share every second of the (painful) proof you accepted. Don't forget to call out three people as well and to head to ALSA.org to donate.
Looking forward to seeing your videos...