ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Makes Waves In Capital City

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Chances are you have seen the ice bucket challenge videos splashing across the internet. It is all in an effort to raise money and awareness for ALS.

The ripple effect has also made its wave here in the Capital City.

From professional athletes, celebrities to Topekans, the ice bucket challenge is having a ripple effect across social media. With all participants dousing themselves with ice cold water and nominating others to do the same in 24 hours or donate money to the ALS association.

ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It's a degenerative disease that has no cure. For many, it hits close to home.

"I've lost two friends to Lou Gerhigs disease," said Topekan, Ron Pope.

"ALS took one of the most beautiful people that ever walked an this earth, my mom, and after going through it first hand, I cant tell you how much research and awareness of ALS is needed," said Nancy O'Dell, host of Entertainment Tonight.

The challenge is doing much more than raising awareness; many people are dousing and donating bucket loads of money. The ALS association says they have raised 15.6 million dollars in three weeks since it started on July 29th.

And those who participated or donated money this afternoon in Topeka in front of the the American Taekwondo Association are in for a treat! The ATA gave uniforms and free classes for two weeks.

Papa Murphy's offered the chance for free pizza for a year.