Mayor Henry accepts the Ice Bucket challenge

Pat Hoffmann helps Mayor Tom Henry complete the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday.
Pat Hoffmann helps Mayor Tom Henry complete the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Pat Hoffmann challenged him last week, and on Wednesday, Mayor Tom Henry accepted and completed the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

Mayor Henry nominated Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton, and Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Director Jim Anderson.

As of Wednesday, the ALS Association has raised $94.3 million, compared to $2.7 million during the same period in 2013.
Mayor Henry accepts the Ice Bucket challenge
About ALS, from the ALS Association’s website: 

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

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