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WJHL joins the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

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TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL) - The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is soaking the nation. You only need a few things to join the movement – ice, water, a bucket and social media.

Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake have pours a bucket of ice water over their heads and challenged others to do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours.

News Channel 11 is joining in on the movement.

Thursday, News Channel 11 challenged Team Wandell of Carter County, TN to take the #IceBucketChallenge. 

Dr. Josh Wandell is a popular elementary school principal who's battling the incurable disease. Dr. Wandell serves as principal at East Side Elementary School. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is 2 to 5 years, and the cost of care is estimated at $200,000 per year.

To donate or for more information on Team Wandell, go to: http://www.teamwandell.com/.  

The ALS Association says donations have been pouring in since the challenge started. 

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Since the Ice Bucket Challenge started on July 29, The ALS Association has welcomed more than 70,000 new monetary donors.

ALSA reports there is only one drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat ALS. The drug extends survival by two to three months.

ALS causes a person to lose control of voluntary muscle movement. People with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and breathe.

News Channel 11 is challenging people in the community to join in the ALS Awareness event. Challenge your friends and family to take the #IceBucketChallenge.

Upload your videos and pictures of your challenges to http://wjhl.com/alschallenge or send them to pix@wjhl.com Your photos and video will be featured on WJHL.com and in our news casts.

Follow News Channel 11's challenge on social media using the hashtag #WJHLSoaked.

You can also track the national #IceBucketChallenge on social media.
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