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2014-08-19 at NOON

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued to Hobbs, Gravelle

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY -- What do Taylor Swift, Sidney Crosby, Rob Ford and myself all have in common?

We, along with thousands of others, have accepted the bone chilling Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media phenomenon that is raising money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

And now Mayor Keith Hobbs, MPP Michael Gravelle and TBT Newshour anchor Courtney Rutherford have been challenged to add their name to the list.

The challenge involves participants finding creative ways to pour freezing water over themselves while filming it and uploading it to popular websites and making donations to ALS charities.

More than $15 million had been raised across North America by Tuesday.

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Thunder Bay Police Service Staff Sgt. Murray Brown, who was diagnosed with the disorder in December 2012, has been overwhelmed by the reach of the challenge.

“It’s quite amazing what’s going on right now,” he said Tuesday, shortly before this reporter was drenched.

“I’m touched by the response from celebrities, non-celebrities, family and friends, and colleagues. It’s a great idea”
ALS, which is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a degenerative neurological condition that does not have a cure.

Brown said at least nine people in the city are currently living with the disorder.

The local police service has rallied around Brown and come together to be one of the biggest local supporters of the cause.

Const. Julie Tilbury said more than a dozen members of the city police force, including chief J.P. Levesque, have already accepted the challenge.

“Over the past week or so members have been nominating each other and have been going through the process and posting videos to Facebook,” Tilbury said.

The police will be hosting an event at their Balmoral Street headquarters on Friday where more members will take the challenge, including Brown.

One of the appealing parts of the challenge is the ability to nominate others afterward.

Brown is hopeful the push will help raise the profile of disorder and raise funds that will hopefully help find a cure.

“It’s all about the cause and bringing ALS to the forefront, as well as all the other diseases people talk about on a daily basis.

Hopefully it keeps on going and is not just a fad, but something that will continue on for a long, long time,” he said

Donations can be made online and a walk to benefit the local chapter of the ALS Society of Canada will be held on Sept. 27.

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joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
o how the internet has screwed up this world...
8/19/2014 3:38:42 PM
TBDR says:
8/19/2014 4:18:31 PM
conker2014 says:
You are trolling $15 million in ALS research as bad thing the internet has done? That is $14 million more than they receive any other year. Wouldn't you feel like a douche if this campaign leads to a cure?

Honestly I hope all you Tbnewswatch trolls get ALS.
8/19/2014 4:57:30 PM
enos012 says:
What a great person you are to wish someone a debilitating disease! You don't think that those with influnce couldn't just speak out publicly without the icebucket challange? There is a huge drought in the states and governments(inlucding our own) keep having water restrictions.
8/20/2014 6:24:15 AM
Joey_J says:
I was with you to the last sentence. As awful and negative as these people are, I don't wish them any ill health. Just wish them a moving van to show up and take them elsewhere and let them experience life elsewhere and maybe Thunder Bay isn't as bad as they make it out to be.
8/20/2014 8:37:45 AM
Winner says:
^^^^says the guy who posts on tbnewswatch.com everyday hahah
8/19/2014 8:18:00 PM
Jimmyjames says:
Although it's a great cause, I can't believe people feel this is a "challenge". Oh no not a bucket of ice water on your head in the summer, these folks are CRAZY!!!!
8/19/2014 9:21:13 PM
Joey_J says:
The challenge is creativity and have fun with it all in the name of raising awareness for a terrible disease. I cannot believe that with the extreme success of this grassroots campaign (and go find how it started) that people can still find a reason to be negative.
8/20/2014 8:34:04 AM
Joe-King says:
conker2014, are you actually wishing this disease on people?? That is just about the lowest thing you could say and you should be ashamed of yourself.
8/20/2014 8:29:10 AM
unheard says:
So the challenge is either dump the bucket of water on yourself or donate
money and all these rich people chose to dump water on themselves instead and you are celebrating their cheapness
8/20/2014 8:39:53 AM
Joey_J says:
People are doing both, although Charlie Sheen opted out of the water bucket, donated $10,000 and challenged a few others to do the same. Continue trying to put a negative spin and ignore that donations are up from 1.5 million to 15 million compared to the same time last year.
8/20/2014 11:45:50 AM
kurt says:
the real challenge is living with als , or know some one who is living with als , their is betters ways to "help" raise money for als , frankly a bucket of water with ice isnt the best
8/20/2014 9:17:47 AM
frasera says:
Enough of the fun and games with the ice bucket,how about keeping some of your election promises,the town looks like its going bankrupt,murder rate is the highest in Canada,and both down town cores are pretty much vacant,,but some people selling snake oil ,windfarms and sport arenas see they can sell anything to this HillBilly councill
8/20/2014 9:53:48 AM
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