Ice Bucket Challenge
A charity challenge sweeping the nation is having a big impact here in North Carolina.
The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' benefits the ALS Association. It has raised millions of dollars. "The ALS Association is benefiting so much...our chapter in North Carolina is benefiting so much," said Jackie Suarez, Director of Development for the NC Chapter of the ALS Association.
Suarez says the 'ice bucket challenge' has helped raise over $41 million for the ALS Association this year. Suarez says last year about $2 million dollars was raised. "Every morning I wake up and I want to pinch myself to make sure it is true," she said.
"I got involved because I had a close friend...who I saw over four years ago go through the terrible disease," said Bob Graham. Graham was one of seven people taking the challenge at the Lake Toxaway Country Club on Thursday. The challenge participants say they were inspired to help by their close friends who have battled the disease.
The ALS Association says when the 'ice bucket challenge' becomes less popular on social media, they hope the heightened awareness for the disease and finding a cure for it will carry on.