The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping across the nation, and now it’s at PHL17! Reporter/anchor Zachery Lashway was nominated for the challenge by his brother Josh, and has happily stepped up to the plate. With a bit of help from a good friend Karen Delaney who has ALS, Zach had ice cold water poured on his head Thursday. Now he’s calling out three nominees: Democratic Nominee for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and PHL17 producer Mikaelyn Austin. Will they accept? They have 24 hours to respond!
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started at the end of July by a young man from Boston named Pete Frates. The rules: once nominated you have 24 hours to dunk ice water on your head or donate $100 to the ALS Association. According to representative of the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia Chapter Tony Heyl, in addition to dunking ice water on your head nominees should donate $10 to the non-profit organization.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disease that inhibits nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As the disease progresses, motor neurons that send messages from the brain and spinal cord to the body’s muscles start to die. As these motor neurons die the patient loses mobility and function of certain limbs, which often leads to death. There is currently no cure for ALS.
Karen Delaney has been a long time friend and inspiration of the station. #DelaneyStrong