Ice Bucket Challenge soaks nation, makes its way to Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The Ice Bucket Challenge has soaked the nation.

Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head, then challenged others to do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours.

For one Kern County woman, her pour is personal. Stacy Inman's husband had ALS for 14 years.

"My husband died this year," said Inman. "At least five people I know have died of this disease, and it's horrible."

Anyone can get ALS, and anyone can do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

It's helped raise over $1 million.

"It makes me feel so great," said Inman. "This is going to make more people know about this disease, and be prepared for it."

Between July 29 and Aug. 13, the ALS Association says it's received an astonishing amount of donations compared to the same period last year.

"It's an unprecedented amount of awareness for us to raise in what is really less than two weeks," said Fred Fisher, president and CEO of the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. "It's so gratifying to see people stepping up in such a public way."

In addition to taking the challenge, people can help by joining the Kern County Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, Oct. 4, at The Park at River Walk.

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