New Mexicans encouraged to take the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

Posted at: 08/13/2014 8:43 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

You've likely seen the videos—People pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and posting it on Facebook.

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" is credited with raising more than $5 million to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

At any given time, around 150 New Mexicans are battling the disease. Donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge are helping with research and support for patients and families.

Those who participate in the challenge must pick three to four friends to "call out" to also take the challenge and then record a video of them dumping a bucket of water on their heads. In lieu of the water, people are encouraged to donate $100. Those who accept the challenge don't technically have to donate, but Kerrie Copelin with the ALS Association of New Mexico says many are doing both.

Copelin took the challenge live on KOB Eyewitness News 4 Today.

Some Albuquerque Isotopes players will also be getting in on the action at their game on Wednesday night.

To find out how you can take the challenge, visit the ALS Association of New Mexico's website.