Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson took the ice bucket challenge to raise money for research and treatment of ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” and before the dunking said a prayer for those who suffer from the disease and for their families.
“Father, we are so thankful to you,” he said. “Father, we pray that you will just give us wisdom and help us to conquer this disease. Be with us, Father, and be with the families who suffer with this. We love you, and we just pray through all their hardships and help us to find a cure. We love you, through Christ. Amen.”
He then yelled, “All right!” and the freezing cold water, poured from the roof of Duck Commander headquarters, descended.
With the ice bucket challenge, whereby famous people (and not-so-famous people) agree to be soaked with freezing water and ice to raise awareness, the ALS Association has, so far , raised $22.9 million in donations, compared to the $1.9 million it raised during the same time last year (July 29-August 19).
The ALS Association said those funds have come from existing donors and 453,210 new donors. According to its website, “The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease.”
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