ENON — The ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) “Ice Bucket Challenge” has made its way to the Village of Enon, with village officials volunteering to be drenched with buckets of ice water in an effort to spread awareness and raise funding for the neurodegenerative disease, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
Mayor Tim Howard, Police Chief Lewis Wilcox, Police Lt. Michael Holler, and Howard’s wife, Sue, fulfilled the challenge from Greenon Local School Superintendent Dan Bennett and Indian Valley Intermediate School Principal Mike Weaver last Sunday evening during the Enon Car Show at Settler’s Park.
Each bucket was filled with crushed ice and cold water to ensure that the brave participates would experience the full chill when they were doused from head to toe.
“The collar of my shirt was pulled out so I could get the full effect from the ice,” Mayor Howard said following the challenge. “I am glad that it has been so hot. The cold water didn’t feel that bad.”
Howard also commended his spouse for taking on the challenge with such grace and noted that he and his wife were making a donation to the National ALS Association.
The mayor and police chief then challenged village council members to complete the task and on Tuesday evening, following the Enon village council meeting, Council Members Stephen Trout, Jerry Crane, Elmer Beard, and Brenda Sweet, along with Enon Clerk/Treasurer Diana McCubbin, braved the challenge.
The five participants sat in front of the Enon Government Center as they were drenched with buckets of icy water.
“It was chilling,” McCubbin said. “That ice water was poured over me slowly.”
Now, village council members are challenging the Mad River Township Board of Trustees to do the same. Those challenged have 24 hours to comply by recording a video of ice water being dumped on their heads and making at least a $10 donation to National ALS Association. Or they can forfeit and make a $100 donation. Many people have taken the challenge and have made a donation, too.
The National ALS Association reported on Tuesday that it had received $88.5 million in donations compared to $2.6 million during the same time period last year, July 29 to Aug. 26.
According to the National ALS Association website, ALS affects nerve cells in both the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, those with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.
“It’s to help a good cause, and hopefully, the challenge will encourage others to donate to finding a cure for ALS,” said Crane.
Village officials are also sharing the videos of the ice bucket challenges on the Enon Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Village-of-Enon-Ohio/362676485942.