ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeps across Hampton Roads

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — What would make someone be crazy enough to dump a big bucket of ice over their heads? Well, it’s the latest internet trend — but for a good cause.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is all about helping to raise money and awareness about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, most commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Even Hampton police are getting into the game. Officer Matt Chapman took the challenge after losing his father to ALS in 2011. After drying off, he challenged other local police departments to participate and make their own videos.

Officer in Newport News stepped up, and 10 On Your Side was there. Master Police Officer Donald Watt, like thousands of others across the country, took the challenge. So far, more than $1 million has been raised for ALS nationwide.

“I’m a strong believer in ALS and I’ve been watching the videos online and seeing how everyone is getting in on it, and I thought it is a good way to help out,” Watt said.

Even some of us here at WAVY TV 10 were challenged and gladly accepted. Check out the video in the player above to see our Liz Palka and Tom Schaad join the movement. And check out Nathan Epstein’s Ice Bucket Challenge video by clicking here.

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