Man suffering from ALS takes the challenge

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – Andy Musselman had plenty of friends and family around the pool when it came time for his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Saturday afternoon in Daphne, they gathered to join Andy in an arc around the swimming pool, dowsing themselves in ice cold water to raise awareness about this disease.

Last week, Fox10 News Anchor Lenise Ligon interviewed Andy and his family.  He was diagnosed with ALS three years ago.

“There has been virtually nothing for the ALS community,” said Musselman in his interview.  “To know that all of this money is coming out now and that people are giving so generously and starting to understand what this disease is about is unbelievable; and hard to describe, how blessed we feel by it, how excited we are by it, go ahead and dump those buckets of water, you know, get wet, have fun, but just donate.”

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, slowly causes the muscles to waste away.  The average person with ALS is given two to five years to live after a diagnosis.  But, doctor’s say not everyone is affected in the same way.

Musselman said while it is hard to complete everyday tasks people take for granted, he is not giving up.  And with the success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenges, the Musselman’s have renewed hope that soon, researchers will find a cure.

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