Topeka ALS Patient Challenges Former Staff Members To Icy Water

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- The icy cold viral videos that raise money and awareness for ALS continue to splash across the internet.

Wednesday, a local organization completed the ice bucket challenge and honored one of its former staff members who suffers with ALS.

58-year-old Janet Baxa was diagnosed with ALS in December 2013 and decided to retire from her job at Rolling Hills Health Center.

She says she already had a bucket of water dumped on her on Monday. Wednesday, she challenged her former staff members to be doused in icy cold water.

"It happened so fast for me. 2 years ago, I was running on the beach. Now, I'm not able to speak anymore and of course now I can't walk and I cry all the time but that's apart of the disease too," said Baxa.

The ALS Association says the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis.

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