Raising funds for ALS
Nothing will cool you off on a hot August day quite as quickly as a bucket of ice water. It’s called the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” and it was accepted by four dozen little girls from Folger’s Gymnastics in Andover on their heads on Wednesday.
Their coach accepted the ice bucket challenge to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
“They were really excited,” said Penny Folger, co-owner of Folger’s Gymnastics. “Even girls who weren’t practicing came in to be a part of it.”
The 48 girls, ages 6 to 16, raised $150 for their challenge which was issued the night before on Facebook by Bart Conner Gymnastics in Oklahoma City. Bart Conner and Mark Folger’s competed against each other in college, and now their gymnastics teams compete.
The Folger’s girls were sprayed down by the Andover Fire Department after they were doused in ice water. They challenged Mat Trotter’s gym in Oklahoma City, Diamond Gymnastics in Overland Park, and Leading Edge Gymnastics in Everett, Wash.
Jaime Cummings’ daughter is a member of Folger’s Gymnastics and took part in the challenge.
“She loved it,” said Cummings. “She is only 8 so I had to explain to her what it was.”
In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours.
In the past month, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $71 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year.