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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to gain attention

Amarillo, TX - The ALS Association says August is one of the lowest fundraising months for their non-profit, but thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, donations are up.

The ALS Association says this summer alone, $22.9 million dollar was raised nationally. Last Summer, the ALS Association raised $1.9 million.

David Brown, a local ALS patient in Amarillo is happy to see this increase and also wants to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge. "I'm real excited. I put it on my Facebook that I wanted to do the challenge," said Brown.

He accepted the challenge to dump ice water on his head, but he is not in it alone. His friend, Corie Langford will be by his side. "I'm excited for Dave. He really rocks this disease, because there is no cure," said Langford.

Many people might not know about ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that controls voluntary muscle movement.

"It gets harder everyday. I'm in speech therapy because I've lost some words," said Brown. But despite this, Brown says he is happy that more and more people are becoming aware of ALS and are doing their part to help.

Executive director, Tanner Hockensmith for the ALS Association in Texas says the best way to serve Texans is to go to alsa-texas.org.

Because more awareness is spreading, more people are starting to donate nationally. "We have 453,000 new donors to the association," said Hockensmith. Hockensmith also says Texas raised over $170,000 this year.

David and Corie have nominated Tripps Harley Davidson, Charlie Cox, Laura and Forrest King, David's entire family, and the entire WT football team to do the Ice BucketChallenge.

You all have 24 hours.
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