It was a hot summer day at Oconee Veterans Park. While some people there may have drank ice-cold water to cool down, supporters of Watkinsville’s ALS Support Group had that water dumped on their heads for a good cause. 

The support group gathered at the park’s community center on Aug. 28 to host their own Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser.

The fundraiser involves dumping cold water or ice on someone’s head, with proceeds going to the ALS Association of Georgia Chapter. 

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, leads to the inability to walk, use one’s hands and even speak due to the death of neurons that control those muscles. The cause is unknown in 90 to 95 percent of cases.

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