Local ALS group goes beyond Ice Bucket Challenge

Local ALS group goes beyond Ice Bucket Challenge

Social media is filling up with photos and videos of people taking the ice bucket challenge.

Social media is filling up with photos and videos of people taking the ice bucket challenge.

Thousands of people young and old are posting videos of themselves taking on the challenge.

It's all because of 29-year-old Pete Frates.

He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in March of 2012.

Pete started using his blog and Facebook page to encourage the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge."

If they don't comply within 24 hours they must donate to charity.

"We've really seen what we are meant to do,” said Nancy Frates, mother. “People are talking about ALS. “They are understanding what this disease is, and guess what. Now wallets are opening."

Last year, the ALS Association brought in less than $15,000 through the challenge.

This year, they have raised over $160,000.

 And here in the Quad Cities, the Walk to Defeat ALS is Saturday, August 23rd. The two mile walk is free to register. For more information on the event head to http://web.alsa.org/site/TR/Walks/Blueprint?fr_id=10157&pg=entry#.U-v5SONdWlQ

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