Plenty of bold-face names in Colorado — from U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet* to House Speaker Mark Ferrandino — have taken the ALS icebucket challenge, which has raised more than $100 million to fight those suffering from ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The craze has swept the country.
From former President George W. Bush: “To you all who challenged me, I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I’m simply going to write you a check.”
From former First Lady Laura Bush: “That check is from me. I don’t want to ruin my hairstyle.”
In Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democrat challenger, former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, had ice water poured over their heads. Coffman kept his pledge to donate $1 for each Facebook “like” he got of the video and wrote a personal check for $1,136 to the ALS Association. He made it out to #StrikeOutAls.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It’s also called Lou Gehrig disease after the famed baseball player who came down with it brought attention to the disease.