ALS ice bucket challenges come to downtown Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - By now you've seen a family member or friend take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Most of those videos are shot in a backyard or on a deck, not on main street in Lexington...until now.

The phenomenon known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has made it's way to downtown Lexington. The challenge raises money and awareness for ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, to the ALS Association.

"ALS is a neurological degenerative disease that basically attacks all of your voluntary muscles which ends up 100%t fatal in all of our patients. usually in 2 to 5 years at the time of diagnosis," says Jennifer Houston of the ALS Association Kentucky Chapter.

Eleven bank presidents and several other Lexington business executives participated in the event, along with several brave volunteers. Organizers say that what started as an idea at Thursday Night Live just a week ago has become an event that the business community has rallied around.

"It just speaks volumes of Lexington," says event organizer Paul Chartier. "In one week we can come together and have a crazy, stupid event and have leaders in our community not say no to this and run to the front of the line and want to do it; it's fantastic."

According to the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $9 million a week since the end of July. In total, the challenge has raised more than $100 million nationwide.

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