SC GOVERNOR SUPPORTS EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley took two full buckets of ice water on the head … from her kids … as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an effort to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a.k.a. Lou Gehrig‘s disease.
There’s no cure for ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that claimed the career – and later the life – of Gehrig, the six-time All Star and seven-time World Series champion first baseman for the New York Yankees from 1923-39.
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” is a project of the ALS Association, the national advocacy group for the disease. And apparently it’s all the rage – with everyone from Justin Timberlake to Ethel Kennedy participating.
“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”
Good for them … and good for Haley. She may be a hypocritical, incompetent governor, but we’re never going to dog anybody out for supporting charitable efforts.
In addition to taking the “Ice Bucket Challenge” herself, Haley called out South Carolina singer/ songwriter Edwin McCain, Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney and Charleston, S.C. native Stephen Colbert – urging them to follow her lead.
Oh, and for those of you keeping score at home, Haley was challenged by University of South Carolina economics professor Stephen Finger – who has been diagnosed with ALS. Finger and his wife have two children.
And yes, here’s the video if you want to see Haley get doused …
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