CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It may be warm in parts of the country, but some people aren’t drenching themselves in ice or cold water to cool down from the hot temps. A new phenomenon has hit the social media circuit: The “Ice Bucket Challenge.”
The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting the video to social media and then nominating others to do the same -- all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice.
Beverly, Massachusetts resident Pete Frates started the “Ice Bucket Challenge” with his family on the social sites Facebook and Twitter. Frates, 29, has lived with ALS since 2012, and he has worked with The ALS Association’s Massachusetts Chapter. A former Division 1 college athlete with Boston College Baseball, Frates tirelessly spreads awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
This viral sensation, which has used the hash tag #IceBucketChallenge, has attracted thousands of followers, and now Channel 9 Meteorologist Vicki Graf has accepted the challenge.
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