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Kentucky ALS Assoc. president reacts to accident in Campbellsville

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - You've probably seen video of ice bucket challenges on Facebook and on television. People have been doing it to help fight ALS.

The Kentucky chapter president of the ALS Association says he's devastated by what happened in Campbellsville, but he hopes it won't slow down the organization's important mission.

The whole reason behind people recording themselves dumping buckets of ice water on their heads and posting their videos to social media is to raise money for ALS.

"They say less than 50 percent of people in the United States even know what ALS is," said Shawn Mullennex, the Kentucky chapter president of the ALS Association in Kentucky.

It's a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. For Mullennex, it hits closer to home since his wife lost her five-year battle to ALS back in 2009. He says he's with the ALS Association because he made a promise to his wife to continue fighting the disease.

"It touches your heart, and you never forget it," said Mullennex. "And you do what you can to stop that because it's such a devastating disease."

Now with this campaign, the word of this disease has gone viral.

"People see somebody they know, and it touches them and they want to do it," said Mullennex. "They want to be part of such a great campaign."

The ice bucket challenge is still going strong. But on Thursday in Campbellsville, something went horribly wrong, injuring four firefighters during the challenge.

"It's just heartbreaking to see something sad come out of this when so much positive has come from it in the last three weeks," said Mullennex.

Mullennex along his colleagues with the ALS Association in Kentucky say they are praying for the families involved but still want the campaign to continue.

"This is a great way to raise awareness and funds," said Mullennex. "And let's just keep it going and keep it safe."

Mullennex says he plans to do the ice bucket challenge this weekend along with his kids, using a single bucket to make sure no one gets hurt.

Already more money has been raised for the ALS Association with this campaign than donated all of last year.

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