Hays County has declared an Ice Bucket Challenge for all Hays County residents and visitors who want to help raise awareness of ALS and raise money to find a cure for this devastating disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
"We are hoping for the world's largest turnout to show community support for those facing this disease, and their families," Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., said. "Elected officials from our cities, staff and students from Texas State University, County employees and residents from all over have expressed interest in being part of this effort to raise awareness and funds."
The County's Challenge is in memory of former County Commissioner Bill Burnett's wife, Charelle, who passed away from ALS in 2011 at the age of 39. Burnett and his family have been working with the ALS Association to bring awareness of and treatment for the disease.
"This terrible disease claimed the life of a wonderful person, wife and mother," said Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, a long-time friend of the Burnett family. "And, so many other lives have been torn apart by this disease worldwide, as it knows no gender, sociological or geographic boundaries. Much more work needs to be done to find a cure."
The Challenge will take place on the County Courthouse lawn at 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. Participants should bring a bag of ice and a bucket. Water will be provided. Donations (cash and checks made out to the ALS Association) will be accepted at the event.
For more information about ALS, visit www.alsa.org.