NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – May is a special month, ALS Awareness Month.
ALS is an incurable neurodegenerative disease that can advance rapidly and take many lives.
The Northampton Police and Fire Departments helped raise awareness and funds for the disease on Sunday with an Ice Bucket Challenge.
“It has always been a fatal disease, with difficult diagnoses, and two to five years of life to live. It’s extremely taxing, financially, physically…,” said John Hedstrom, territory director of The ALS Association.
The public was invited to spectate the two teams participating at Miss Florence Diner, located at 99 Main Street in Florence. Attendees also joined in on the fun by buying $10 buckets of ice water to dump on the team they choose.
On hand observing the event were those whose lives and loved ones have been impacted by a disease with its crippling impact on the victim’s nervous system. Ashley Carrier told 22News she’s grateful for this widespread participation.
“It means the world to me, really amazing people, we need every bit of help bringing awareness to the disease,” Carrier said.
Victor, a first responder, got a good soaking in the name of a cause that has the support of every concerned person attending Sunday’s fundraiser. He explained, “…. It’s a great cause, it’s a good feeling, you know.”
“It’s great to see the legacy of the Ice Bucket Challenge event continue to attract new advocates who want to make a difference,” Hedstrom continued. “We’re grateful to the Northampton Police, Northampton Fire Department, and Smith College for taking the time to plan this fantastic community-based fundraiser and help us raise awareness for this terrible disease.”
Sunday’s event will raise money for The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter Western Massachusetts Walk to Defeat ALS on September 11.