Family Honors Loved One With ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)

By Emily Dwire

August 16, 2014 Updated Aug 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) - The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is soaking the nation, literally.

Most of us have seen the video - celebrities, athletes, and everyone in between dumping a bucket of ice cold water on their head in the fight against Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gherig's Disease.

For one Fort Wayne family, it's more than just a popular fad. It's something near and dear to their hearts. Greg Hill, a loving father, son and brother, had a hard-fought battle with ALS. He lost that battle July 24, 2014.

Saturday, his family and friends gathered at Leo Riverside Garden to do an ice bucket challenge of their own in honor of their loved one. Family members say the challenges are a great way to send a strong message about a deadly disease.

"There is no cure for ALS, they don't know what causes it. It is important to raise awareness as well as the money so that the research can be done. It's really a devastating, horrific disease that a lot of people don't know about. Definitely an easy way to show support, a way to raise money in a big way so it's something special," said family member Zach Alvord.

The challenges seem to be working - as of Saturday more than $9 millions dollars have been raised in the fight against ALS.




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