ALS Ice Bucket Challenge makes big Hudson splash

Jillian Risberg, HCTV

It affects as many as 30,000 Americans at any given time.  ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) is a degenerative disease of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.  A viral phenomenon called the Ice Bucket Challenge dares people to take the challenge, donate and help create a world without ALS.  Some familiar faces stepped up.

“It’s a big effort, but we like to do it because we think it’s a good cause,” says West New York PBA President Tommy Mannion.

Synergy Sports and Medical Rehabilitation challenged the WNYPD and makes a donation for each officer who participates.  The PBA and PSA will also donate to ALS.

“We challenged several other parties and departments so I hope it does continue, and I’m sure we’ll get rechallenged and get a bigger group,” says Capt. Santiago Cabrera.

According to Mannion, it’s a great thing for the police department. “We like to give back to our community all the time — and whenever we can get out here,” he says.

Over in North Bergen, Mayor Nicholas Sacco and others showed they’re good sports too.

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis thanked his son Joshua, 7, and Jeff Meyer, a spokesman for the mayor’s office for nominating him to do the challenge. When asked if he was ready he said, “no” but had fun with it anyway.

West New York Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez got iced for ALS.

And State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto took on Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean’s challenge.

“This is for ALS and here we go,” Prieto says.  “Now it’s your turn.”