Viral ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ for ALS hits K-State

By The Mercury

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge reached Kansas State University recently.

K-State football captains BJ Finney, Jake Waters, Ryan Mueller, Jonathan Truman and Tyler Lockett “challenged” other K-Staters in a YouTube video after Hollywood actor and K-State alumnus Eric Stonestreet challenged them to dump buckets of ice water over their heads in an effort to raise awareness and money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurological disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Coach Bill Snyder and Willie the Wildcat helped dump buckets of ice water over the captains’ heads as part of the challenge, which aims to raise awareness and money for treatments and cures.

Celebrities and politicians have been a part of the viral challenge phenomenon that is prompting people to donate money, $31.5 million as of today. Last year this week, the association had raised $1.9 million.

The challenge has led to record numbers of donations for the association.

According to the association’s website, the donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors.

The K-State captains challenged K-State President Kirk Schulz, K-State Alumni Association President and CEO Amy Button Renz and band director Frank Tracz.

Tracz and Button Renz made a video and had ice water dumped upon them Sunday evening in front of Anderson Hall, while a pep band behind them played the school fight song. They told people in a video to donate to the cause and challenged student body president Reagan Kays and Schulz.

Button Renz said in the video that she hopes they will complete the challenge at Bill Snyder Family Stadium during a pep rally for new students on Sunday, Aug. 31.  Schulz could not attend the challenge with them because he was in Tulsa, Okla.

ALS typically strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time, according to the association’s website.

The progressive deterioration of motor neurons in people with the disease leads to disability, paralysis and death.

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