Sep 192014

By Tammy Gray

Holbrook Councilman Phil Cobb has challenged his fellow council members, as well as city staff to take the ALS Association ice bucket challenge.

“I’ll throw the first $25 in and get a bucket of ice water dumped on me,” Cobb said.

The ice bucket challenge is a fundraiser for the ALS Association. The association is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. To date, more than $113 million has been raised for the organization thanks to the ice bucket challenge. Funds raised by the ALS Association are used to support research programs, and provide patient and community support services, as well as public and professional education.

According to the ALS Association, the ice bucket challenge originated as a small-scale fundraiser, but by mid-July had gone viral. Social media fueled the popularity, with participants posting videos of themselves taking the challenge. Celebrities also got involved by taking the challenge, making large donations and bringing additional publicity to the cause.

Participants who have been challenged by friends and family members agree to have a bucket full of ice water dumped over their head and make a donation to the ALS Association. Some participants have opted to make a larger donation in lieu of the ice water treatment. Donations may be of any amount and are determined by the participant.

Cobb noted that he has a family member who is afflicted with ALS and believes that it is a worthy cause. He told the council that he would gladly be the first to take the challenge. Cobb also offered an exception for Councilman Myron Maxwell, who recently underwent major surgery.

It was unknown at press time whether any of the council members or city staff took Cobb up on his challenge.