Arpin Employees Take On The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
If you have a Facebook profile and you’ve signed in anytime within the past two weeks, you’ve probably seen people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads. Then, they challenge 3-5 people to do it as well. But what’s the reason?
All of this is being done to raise awareness for ALS, a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neutrons start to degenerate and cause the brain to be unable to control muscle movement. Sadly, ALS has a 100% fatal rate.
The disease received national and international attention in 1939 by professional baseball player Lou Gehrig. ALS is commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”.
The challenge was made viral by Beverly, Massachusetts resident Pete Frates, who has lived with ALS since 2012. The rules are simple:
- A person will nominate someone to do the challenge.
- If the person accepts, he/she has to pour a bucket of ice water over their head. Once completed, around 3-5 people can be nominated to do the same.
- If the person doesn’t accept, a donation is to be made to the ALS Association.
- Proof of completion has to be posted to social media.
Since the challenge has gone viral, $5.5 million dollars have been raised and 150,000 new donors have given to the cause.
Multiple Arpin agents, drivers, and employees have participated, which has led to some entertaining reaction videos! Some of those that have joined the cause are David Vieira, Conrad Swanson, Mark Dearborn, Brian Asay, Chris Kunzmann, Peter & Diana Mosher, Nathan Howell, Chad Queeney, and John Hayes.
It’s never too late to join the cause, so help raise awareness and donate today!