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Local family encourages all to take ALS ice bucket challenge

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POST FALLS, Idaho- All over the internet people are dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. Why? To raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease".

It's a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spine. The viral video campaign is called the "Ice Bucket Challenge." In it, the participant challenges someone, and that person has 24 hours to respond by either dumping ice water on their heads or donating money to the ALS Association.

It's a campaign that Morgan Noesen, of Post Falls, completely supports. He's been living with ALS for the last few years.

"This is not an incurable disease, it's just underfunded. My hope, though, is that people actually do gain some awareness," said Noesen.

It took years of diagnosis before it was confirmed that Noesen had the disease. It's hard for him to get around without the help of a cane and it's become hard for him even to speak. The journey, for his family, has been hard.

"We're making the best of it, it's one day at a time everyday. We have good days and bad days. Bad days are bad, really bad, and good days are good," said Noesen's wife Joni.

Today, however, the hardships are put to the side. Noesen's son, Bradley and the entire Post Falls high school football team are stepping up to the ice bucket challenge, in honor of the Noesen family.

"I'm just proud that they're standing up for this," said Noesen.

 

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