Ice Bucket Challenge quadruples Team Gleason donations



Posted on August 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—An online video challenge is raising big money for ALS research.  The Ice Bucket Challenge has nearly quadrupled donations between August 8 and August 15 for Team Gleason who raises money for ALS (known as Lou Gehrig's disease) research and patients.

The ALS Association’s national chapter has collected about $9.5 million between July 29 and August 15. 

They have also received money from 184,000 new donors.  Organizers called it a significant increase compared to the $1.6 million raised during the same period in 2013.  The average donor gives about $40.

Former Washington State University football star and New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason conquered the Ice Bucket Challenge despite battling ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He also upped the ante by shedding all of his clothing for the water drop. Following Gleason’s Ice Bucket Challenge, he has challenged others to dump a bucket of ice water on your head and/or donate $10 to fight ALS.

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Once completed, participants then challenge three others to either do the same or make a donation to the national ALS Association. If you're too chicken to take the ice bath, he asks you to donate $100.

People who have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS:

Seahawks’ Pete Carrol

Steve Gleason

Bill Gates

Director of Catholic Charities of Spokane Rob McCann

Eastern Washington University's Beau Baldwin

Whitworth's Rod Sandberg

KREM 2 Morning News team

KREM Sports Director Darnay Tripp

KREM's Taylor Viydo

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

The Ice Bucket Challenge has had a big impact on ALS awareness in a very short time. Since late July, the ALS Association has raised $2.3 million.