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The challenge, inspired by Pete Frates an ALS sufferer, raises money and awareness for Lou Gherig’s disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Those who are nominated pour a bucket of ice water over their head or donate 100 dollars. Most people do both. The challenge spreads quickly on social media with many celebrities and non-celebrities taking part, posting their variations on the challenge to YouTube. Since July 29, $13.3 million has been donated.

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20 Sep, 2014

Kentucky fireman dies from challenge injuries

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Captain Tony Grider dies from burn-related injuries he suffered last month. While helping the Campbellsville University band with their video challenge on August 21, 2014, four members of the Fire and Rescue Department in Campbellsville, Kentucky were shocked by power lines as two stood in a ladder bucket spraying water on the band and two more were on the ground. During the challenge Grider and another fireman were inside a bucket on a ladder above the students. When they finished dumping water, the students left and the firefighters began moving the ladder, authorities told CNN. The bucket came close to power lines and shocked the men, officials said. Two other men on the ground were also shocked as they tried to lower the bucket to the ground. Grider was 41 years old and leaves behind a wife and children.

10 Sep, 2014

‘Semi-naked man in burka’

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Video shows a ‘semi-naked man wearing a burka’ performing the ice bucket challenge outside the Zakariyya Mosque in Peace Street, Daubhill, in Bolton, Greater Manchester. The man, wearing only his underwear, socks, shoes and a makeshift headscarf, makes several offensive remarks about Islam. Another man with him can be heard telling him to hurry up, to which the man responds that he is not scared. The video has been removed from Youtube and Facebook, and police are investigating.

Offers bounty for pranksters


Carey offers $10,000 dollars to anyone who can identify the teenagers who played a cruel ice-bucket challenge prank on an autistic boy. Carey is upset over the video posted online, of fellow high school students dumping – instead of a cold water – a bucket full of feces and cigarette butts on the boy’s head. The money will be paid as either a direct reward, or will be donated to the organization “Autism Speaks”.

WTF? Just saw this. Horrendous. These kids should be arrested and expelled. If the Bay Village PD wants to start a reward fund to find who did this, contact me. I’ll donate $10k.

Autistic boy prank victim


Unidentified teens convince an autistic 14 year old from a Cleveland high school to take part in the ice bucket challenge, then dump a bucket of excrement, spit, and cigarette butts on the boy’s head. The perpetrators film the incident using the boy’s cell phone, and post the clip on a social media site. Police Chief Mark Spaetzel, of Bay Village, Ohio where the boy lives and goes to school heads the investigation to discover who initiated and filmed the act, and to apprehend them.

To me, it’s reprehensible … that these kids would take advantage of a vulnerable teenager.

Bucket of bodily fluids poured on teen with autism during Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge: 50 Cent

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50 Cent accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but put a spin on it. Standing next to a bucket of ice that he never actually comes into contact with, 50 Cent delivered his own challenge to Mayweather:

If you can read one page out of a Harry Potter book… I’ll donate $750,000 to whatever charitable organization you want to….

Mayweather suggests the rapper donate that money to the family of Mike Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Co-founder and wife welcome baby


Frates and his wife Julie welcome baby Lucy Fitzgerald Frates to the world. The baby weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Frates’ father John tells WCVB (Chanel 5, Boston) that the birth of Lucy:

is the perfect ending to the miracle month of August

Donations top $100 million

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The ice bucket challenge raises over $100 million to date for ALS. During the same period last year, July 29, 2013 to August, 29 2013, the ALS Association raised  $2.8 million. In the fiscal year 2014, the organization raised approximately $26.3 million in total, which means the amount raised in several months is quadruple that of what was raised last year.  ALS President and CEO Barbara Newhouse:

The word gratitude doesn’t do enough to express what we are feeling right now.