DRACUT -- Sheehan said he was proud and happy to become the first elected official in Dracut to join the chilly viral movement, "daring people to spread ALS awareness" that was started by Beverly resident Pete Frates, 29, a former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2012.
The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice.
Frates' idea of taking icy cold showers for a worthy cause, which Twitter followers have been calling added attention to by using the hash tag, #IceBucketChallenge, has already attracted thousands of enthusiastic participants, including Boston Bruins stars Brad Marchand and Torey Krug, who willingly dropped frozen ice on themselves while issuing the challenge to others.
"This is a creative way to spread ALS awareness via social media and in communities nationwide," said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. "We thank Pete Frates and his family for getting so many people involved in spreading the word about ALS."
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