She did so publicly before having a cooler of icewater dumped over her as she spent the day at Wissinoming Park to continue her picnic series with constituents, and hand out free backpacks and school supplies to children.
“Doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a chilling surprise, but it was an exhilarating experience – one I will never forget – and I’m glad to be a part of a national movement to help end a dastardly disease,” she said as she challenged State Sens. Mike Stack, Vince Hughes and Anthony Hardy Williams to step up to the ALS plate.Since its impromptu start last month, the Ice Bucket Challenge has generated about $42 million, according to the ALS Foundation. Compared to fundraising efforts during the same time in 2013, that’s 20 times more money raised.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. And, when the motor neurons die, the brain loses its ability to initiate and control muscle movement. Patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Her picnic at Wissinoming Park was the third district-wide event organized by the Senator. The school supplies handed out to children were donated and collected from businesses andresidents during Tartaglione’s recent “Stuff the Bus” event.
“My sincerest thank-you to the businesses and individuals who helped to make these community picnics happen,” the Senator said. “We do this because it’s important to know who we are as a neighborhood. We share common interests and we want our children to learn and succeed.
“We also want to send ALS to the annals of medicinal history, and we hope our Ice Bucket Challenge moved us closer to that, too,” she said.