Galloway mayor takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)

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Galloway Mayor Don Purdy takes the ice bucket challenge for ALS Galloway Mayor Don Purdy takes the ice bucket challenge for ALS GALLOWAY– Mayor Don Purdy walked out of his house with a bucket of ice water Sunday, Aug. 17 and poured it over his head. He wasn’t delirious. He did it as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Participants in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which began in July, have to donate $100 to ALS Association, or post a video within 24 hours of themselves getting a big splash of ice water dumped on his or her head.

The mayor did both. He made his $100 donation, he said Monday, Aug. 18.

“Since the creation of this challenge, donations to the ALS Association have doubled. More people are knowledgeable about the disease. Hopefully these donations will help with research because there is no cure,” Purdy said.

“I’ve known two people who have passed from ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). It is a very sad disease because the mind is one of the last things to go. ALS challenge videos are going viral. Hopefully, more and more people will make a donation,” he said, adding that people such as Gov. Christie took the challenge, helping to spread awareness of the disease.

So far, the ALS Association has raised $13.3 million and donations keep coming, according to a release from the ALS Association.

Purdy challenged fellow council members, Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola and Councilman Tim Meadows, to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He also challenged Ed Kline, of Kline Construction; Lloyd Wimberg, of Wimberg Funeral Home; Chad Blaze, who is serving in the Army, and Lori Herndon of AtlantiCare Health Services, to take the challenge.

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