Recently, co-workers and friends of Gloria Laue took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Gloria worked at the Martin County FSA Office for over 30 years, and retired after being diagnosed with ALS earlier this year. Both Gloria and current Martin County employee, Lori Janssen are interviewed in the video.
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You’ve probably seen a fair amount of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads for a good cause. Today, a group of coworkers and friends took the challenge in Fairmont to support their friend who’s battling ALS.
You’ve probably seen it on TV a few times, and maybe your Facebook Newsfeed is full of them. But one thing’s for sure, the act of people dumping ice water on themselves has never been so popular, and neither has the advocacy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis known for short, as ALS.
Friend of a person battling ALS, Lori Janssen says, “Nobody really knows what ALS is. They’re taking this challenge but do they actually know?” It’s a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, progressively taking away one’s ability to control their muscles. Janssen says, “So this is making everybody aware of what’s going on.”
And those diagnosed with the disease, appreciate all the attention it’s been getting. Laue says, “I don’t think people realize it’s still a fatal disease. And they still don’t have a cure for it.” Gloria Laue was diagnosed with ALS in April of this year. Laue says, “I thought maybe I had parkinsons. But never ALS.”
Janssen says, “Two months ago she was living at her house by herself and now she is in Ingleside here.” An assisted living center in Fairmont, where this afternoon, friends and coworkers of Gloria’s gathered outside to keep the challenge going, with a little twist of their own …along with help of the Fairmont Fire Department.
Janssen says, “I know it’s not the ice but I hear it’s just as cold is what I hear.”
Raising spirits, money and awareness so that one day the wishes of those affected by the disease will come true. Laue says, “That they come up with a cure very soon and help a lot of people.”
As of Friday, August 22, The ALS Association has received $53.3. million dollars in donations compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year