Dubuque teacher takes ALS ice bucket challenge

By Katie Wiedemann, KCRG-TV9

DUBUQUE — The popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to spread on social media.

On Tuesday, Barb Davis, a teacher at Resurrection Catholic School, took the icy challenge in front of her students.

Davis’s sister-in-law, Pam Brown, died from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS, and says her family is thrilled to draw attention to the deadly disease. The progressive condition results in the degradation of neurons that transmit signals from the brain to muscles, resulting in a loss of motor control.

Davis said, “We all need to learn more about what’s causing it and how we can solve the mystery of where this disease is coming from and how to cure it.”

Davis says her students will be studying ALS and how it disease impacted professional baseball player Lou Gehrig.

The concept of dumping ice-cold water in support of the ALS Association started at the end of July by friends and relatives of former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates. has been around for about two weeks and has included athletes, entertainers, and politicians.

The publicity has led to at least $5.7 million in donations for the association since the campaign started.

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