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'The Face of the Ice Bucket Challenge' Dead at 34

Pete Frates, who battled ALS, popularized the challenge

(Newser) - Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose determined battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease made him, per CBS Boston , "the face of" the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday, the AP reports. He was 34. Frates died peacefully, surrounded by... More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Funds 'ALS Breakthrough'

Gene tied to the disease has been identified

(Newser) - The $115 million raised from 2014's Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association's research and services helped fund what's now being called an "ALS breakthrough," per the Guardian : the ID of a gene linked to the disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which... More »

What's Happened Since the Ice Bucket Challenge Was Born

Looking back one year later

(Newser) - On July 15, 2014, Chris Kennedy posted a video to YouTube—one that's widely regarded to be the first ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video . From there, more than 17 million people followed suit, and 2.5 million people handed the ALS Association $115 million between July 29 and Sept.... More »

Ice Bucket Video Could Get Cop 6 Years in Jail

Jaime Robison was on disability when she lifted 5-gallon pail

(Newser) - Like countless others, Jaime Robison found herself playing a part in last summer's Ice Bucket Challenge craze to raise money for ALS. In a video uploaded in July, the California police officer was filmed lifting a 5-gallon pail of ice water and dousing a fellow cop, the Los Angeles ... More »

Where All That Ice-Bucket Cash Is Headed

Among other things, the $115M will triple the amount devoted to research

(Newser) - The Ice Bucket Challenge ended up bringing the ALS Association some $115 million in donations; now the organization is faced with the task of figuring out what to do with all the money. What's clear so far: "We are tripling the amount annually that we spend on research,... More »

5 Charged in Sick Ice-Bucket Prank on Autistic Boy

Prosecutor says teens were friends with victim

(Newser) - The five Ohio teens accused of dousing an autistic classmate with urine, spit, and tobacco in a disgusting version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge have been charged. The Bay Village High School students, all between the ages of 14 and 16, were hit yesterday with the juvenile equivalent of... More »

Firefighter Dies After 'Ice Bucket' Accident

Tony Grider's truck got too close to power line in Aug. 21 incident

(Newser) - A 41-year-old firefighter in Campbellsville, Ky., died Saturday, a month after sustaining injuries while helping complete the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. Tony Grider and 22-year-old firefighter Simon Quinn were both in a bucket on the ladder of a truck that had just dumped water on the Campbellsville University marching... More »

Celebs Offer Reward After Twisted Ice Bucket Prank

Autistic Ohio teen had feces, urine dumped on head

(Newser) - Drew Carey has offered $10,000 to help find a group of Cleveland-area teenagers who humiliated an autistic boy with their twisted take on the ALS ice bucket challenge. The 14-year-old's mother contacted police after discovering that the group of teens had used the boy's phone to record... More »

Another Person Injured by Ice Bucket Challenge

Guy hired firefighting plane to dump almost 400 gallons of water on him

(Newser) - Belgian photographer and skydiver Bruno Brokken may have misjudged the amount of water he planned to dump on himself in his version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge … by just a smidge. The Independent reports that he commissioned a firefighting plane to unleash almost 400 gallons of water on... More »

Cops Arrest Fugitive Thanks to Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Omaha man nabbed after his Facebook post

(Newser) - In the grand tradition of those sought by the law making ill-advised Facebook posts comes this arrest from Omaha featuring, of course, an ice bucket challenge. Jesean Morris took part in the challenge and proudly posted his results, reports NBC News . The problem is that a tipster saw the post,... More »

Howard Stern's Ice Bucket Nominee: Casey Kasem

Who died more than 2 months ago...

(Newser) - Howard Stern has nominated an interesting trio to complete the ice bucket challenge after him. Trouble is, one of them is dead, reports E! Online . In a bizarre video posted to YouTube yesterday, a bare-chested Stern plops an ice cube into a shot glass of water, then pours it over... More »

Teen's Version of Ice Bucket Challenge Gets Him Killed

Cameron Lancaster decided to jump into a quarry as part of challenge

(Newser) - Cameron Lancaster, 18, apparently wanted to complete the ice bucket challenge in a different way—by jumping into water at a quarry. But the stunt got the Scottish teen killed Saturday, the Guardian reports. He jumped feet first off an 80-foot cliff into what the Telegraph calls "shallow water"... More »

Firefighters Seriously Hurt After Ice Bucket Challenge

4 receive electric shocks; one is in critical condition

(Newser) - Four firefighters were hospitalized after their contribution to the Ice Bucket Challenge resulted in electric shocks. The men were participating in the challenge with the Campbellsville University band in Kentucky, CNN reports. Two firefighters, Tony Grider, 41, and Simon Quinn, 22, stood in a bucket at the top of a... More »

Archdiocese: 'Ice Buckets' Present a Moral Problem

Catholics shouldn't fund embryonic stem-cell research, Archdiocese says

(Newser) - The Cincinnati Archdiocese is all for people embracing the "Ice Bucket Challenge"—just so it doesn't conflict with Catholic beliefs. The Archdiocese says it's OK for Catholics to get doused in ice-cold water to raise money for ALS research, but the funds shouldn't go to... More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Co-Founder Dead at 27

Corey Griffin jumped from building into Nantucket Harbor

(Newser) - One of the masterminds behind this summer's Ice Bucket Challenge died early Saturday in Nantucket. Police say Corey Griffin, 27, dove off the Juice Guys building into the harbor around 2am, floated to the surface briefly, then sank, the Boston Globe reports. An off-duty lifeguard tried to rescue Griffin... More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Gets Presidential

George W. Bush passes torch to Bill Clinton

(Newser) - The Ice Bucket Challenge is now claiming former heads of state as victims. But former President George W. Bush didn't really want to have a bucket of ice water dumped on his head. "I do not think it's presidential," he says in a video posted today... More »

'Ice Bucket Challenge' Helps Raise $13M for ALS

But some question its fundraising methods

(Newser) - In the few weeks since July 29, the ALS Association has gotten more than $13 million in donations. Over the same period last year, that figure was around $1.7 million, the New York Times reports. The big difference, of course, is the " Ice Bucket Challenge ," which calls... More »

Ice Bucket Challenge Gets High-Profile Victim: Christie

NJ gov gets soaked, ALS raises awareness

(Newser) - Chris Christie is the latest to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge : The NJ governor posted a video on Facebook yesterday of his two youngest kids, Bridget and Patrick, gleefully soaking him to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. If you've been on social media at all over... More »

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