PHOTOS: Maplewood Pool Hosts ‘Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Refocus on ALS

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Remember last summer?

Everyone was taking the ALS Awareness “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

Residents of Courter Avenue in Maplewood kicked it into high gear in 2014 with this mega-participant ice dump:

The Ice Bucket Challenge — wherein people dump a bucket of ice cold water on their heads — was launched by the ALS Association to raise money and awareness for fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a severely debilitating and often deadly condition better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Folks are asked to complete the challenge or to donate money to the ALS Association — and many do both. Last year, more than $100 million was raised by the blockbuster fundraising challenge.

So, it makes sense that the ALS Association is bringing the challenge back this August — and every August — until there is a cure.

Beth Hebron a former lifeguard at the Maplewood Community Pool, helped kick off the summer 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge locally. Hebron, who has ALS, asked the pool management about hosting an “Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge.” Current and former Maplewood Community Pool employees gathered Saturday, June 25. A number climbed the diving tower with giant ice buckets in tow and then doused their compatriots below.

Click on any image below to see a slideshow of the Maplewood Community Pool’s challenge. Photos are provided courtesy of Eddie LaPierre of the Maplewood Pool.

Who’s next? It’s hot out there, people. Let’s get those ice buckets going!

Donate to the ALS Foundation here.

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