Boys & Girls Club of Plover, you've been nominated! Thursday the group accepted the challenge, but with an education twist. The club invited special guest Pam Somers to join in on the fun.
"When JR called me I was like I would love to be here because I'd like to get my word out. People need to know that there is hope," said Somers.
Somers has been living with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease for seven and a half years now, but was only diagnosed just three years ago. Somers said she manages to live a healthy and active life because she works out and takes care of herself.
Somers was invited to the Boys & Girls Club of Plover to educate the children about the disease. "This ice water challenge, it's the best thing in the world," said Somers, "Awareness is huge, and that's what this ice bucket challenge has done."
For Somers, bringing awareness to ALS is extremely important because it could save lives. "These people that are dying. They found out too late," said Somers, "So if you're having weaknesses check it out. I should have done it years ago, but I'm too stubborn."
And if you're wondering who the Boys & Girls Club of Plover challenged. Plover Police Dept., United Way of Plover and Stevens Point YMCA get your buckets ready, you've been nominated!
The life expectancy after being diagnosed with ALS is between two and five years. And unfortunately modern day treatment can only extend a life by a few months, which is where the challenge comes in. The ice bucket challenge has already raised over $31 million in less than a month, and donations are steadily coming in. So if you'd like to just skip the water and donate today, you can do so at www.alsa.org