Two Local Leaders Take on Ice Bucket Challenge

By Christie Nicks

Published 08/14 2014 10:02PM

Updated 08/14 2014 11:20PM

ROCKFORD - More than 1,000 gallons of freezing cold water rained down on Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke and Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Ehren Jarrett on Thursday morning.

The two took the ice bucket challenge at Magic Waters, an event designed to raise awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

You may have seen Facebook, Twitter and Instagram flooded with #IceBucketChallenge videos over the past couple of weeks.  The premise is simple: pour ice water on yourself and record it within 24 hours of receiving an invitation, or donate $100 towards ALS research.

The effect of the ice water bath is to simulate the experience ALS sufferers endure with the disease.

Dimke says the challenge hits close to home for him.

"My brother actually passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease 26 short years ago.  What a great guy he was and we think about him every day, so I had a personal reason to help ALS," said Dimke.

The ALS Association has raised over $5.5 million since July 29th. 

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