BUFFALO, (WIVB) – News 4’s Nalina Shapiro accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge and dumped cold water over her head before attempting to do a cannon ball into a pool, fully dressed, to raise awareness about the deadly disease.
Seventy-five years ago, baseball player Lou Gehrig famously put the neuromuscular disease on the map. Just last month, two years after he was diagnosed with ALS, 29-year-old Peter Frates, a Boston College baseball player and father to be, started the ice bucket challenge.
Nalina’s friends in Boston, where it all started, nominated her for the challenge. Her video has gone viral on social media.
But the ice bucket challenge isn’t just a funny stunt. The ALS chapter in Buffalo says it’s a “miracle that many families suffering from the disease have been waiting for.”
There is no cure and only one drug people suffering can take.
Kathy Lahey, executive director of the ALS Upstate New York Chapter, says 266 people are currently registered with their chapter. The ALS Walk last Saturday raised $175,000. However, it costs about $200,000 to care for someone in the late stages of ALS.
Visit www.alsaupstateny.org if you want to donate.
Nalina is challenging you to the ice bucket challenge to strike out ALS. Post your videos on social media and tag News 4 Buffalo WIVB Nalina Shapiro in them!