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Morris Community High School administrators take part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

MORRIS – Several Morris Community High School administrators decided Monday to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Jeff Dinelli challenged Principal Kelly Hussey on Monday morning to take part in the challenge, and Hussey went on to challenge other administrators – Superintendent Pat Halloran, Assistant Principal Jeff Johnson and Athletic Director George Dergo – to see if they were interested in participating.

"I saw it coming. My son got the challenge and I thought about how to fulfill it when it came," Hussey said. "What a great idea to further the effort across the country and across the world."

The administrators decided to meet after school in front of the main office doors outside the school, where the captains of the football team could pour large buckets of ice and water over their heads.

The challenge originated online and has taken off since July 29, with more people taking the challenge each day.

Many people are not only doing the challenge but also contributing to the ALS Association financially.

"As an administrative team we decided to donate $100 to the association," Jeff Johnson said. "We're challenging the executive board of the student council to participate and raise even more."

According to as of Monday the ALS Association has received $15.6 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to Aug. 18). These donations have come from existing donors and 307,598 new donors to the association.

"Without a doubt, the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the social media phenomenon that continues to sweep the nation, has encouraged tens of thousands of Americans not only to douse themselves with ice water but also to open their pocketbooks and to donate to the fight against ALS," Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS Association, said in a news release.

"The ALS Association is extremely grateful for the generosity of these donors, and for the actions of several people who initiated and spread this incredible viral effort. They include Jeanette and Anthony Senerchia, Pat Quinn, and Pete Frates and his family. Their commitment to this cause has inspired the nation."

The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease.

What is ALS? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

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