PEKIN - The ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” is sweeping the internet
And now a local health clinic is getting into the action.
Employees at Unity Point Clinic in Pekin will all dump cold buckets of ice water over their heads tomorrow afternoon.
They also want to raise money to support those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, attacks nerve cells leading to paralysis and possibly death.
Some have criticized those taking part in the ice bucket challenge as attention seekers, but clinic employees who work with ALS patients say it's a good cause.
“They're thrilled. Anything that makes people aware you know, you hear about these diseases, you hear about these problems. And unless you can touch someone or know someone affected by it. it gets everyone involved,” said Practice Supervisor at Unity Point Clinic in Pekin
So far the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $15 million.