Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Pincher Creek (updated)

Co-op GM David Crowell takes the challenge
T. Lucas photo
Whispering Winds Community Manager Eileen Woolf
J. Jorgensen photo

Justine Jorgensen and Toni Lucas

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has hit Pincher Creek. On Monday August 25, Pincher Creek Co-op's General Manager David Crowell participated - he was nominated by his sister Jackie Knickle from Nova Scotia and in turn nominated three others: Robert Yankee, Nicki Schoening, and Doug Paton. This challenge has been sweeping social media as of late - many celebrities have even joined in. The goal is to raise money and awareness for the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.

On Tuesday August 26, residents at Whispering Winds also participated in the challenge, responding to their nomination by Golden Life Management. "It was good to have the residents involved," said Community Manager Eileen Woolf with a smile, as ice water dripped from her hair. Woolf did the challenge twice, as she was nominated a second time.

C&D Floral's Nicki Schoening's turn
T. Lucas photo
Update, August 28, 2014: On Wednesday, August 27, Nicki Schoening, the owner of C and D Floral Boutique accepted the challenge from David Crowell.  Schoening let her staff have the honour of dousing her.  "I told them 'This is your one time offer, do you want to dump a bucket of ice water on me?' Go figure, they all wanted to do it."  Linda Besler, Maureen Akitt, and Tammy Rubbelke each had a bucket to to pour.  Schoening took it in stride, declaring 'Refreshing'! as the ice water dripped off of her.

The staff showed their compassionate nature by presenting Schoening with flowers after her challenge.  She did not chose three people to nominate in the challenge, but instead offered that if anyone wishes to take her nomination to keep things moving forward she is more than agreeable.

Nicki Schoening
David Crowell photo and video

T. Lucas photo
ALS, also referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The ALS Association website states that "the progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to [the patient's] 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." According to Wikipedia, "median survival time from onset to death is 39 months, and only 4% survive longer than 10 years, although rare cases survive 50 years or more. Most die from respiratory failure, usually within three to five years from onset of symptoms."

Preparing to be doused at Whispering Winds
J. Jorgensen photo
Eileen Woolf
J. Jorgensen photo
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water on the participant's head if nominated. The act is filmed; a common requirement is that one must complete the challenge within 24 hours of being nominated or else donate to an ALS charity. Once it is completed, the participant can nominate others. This challenge has gone viral in the summer of 2014 - as of Tuesday, August 26, The ALS Association has received $88.5 million in donations compared to $2.6 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 26). Many famous persons have been involved, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sidney Crosby, Justin Timberlake, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey.
ALS Canada states that the challenge really kicked off with Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player with ALS.

Watch Peter Frates' story on YouTube:

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