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'Ice Bucket Challenge' raises millions for ALS

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Channel 4's Lisa Spencer takes the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Channel 4's Lisa Spencer takes the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
Channel 4's Ian Reitz takes the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Channel 4's Ian Reitz takes the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
Channel 4's Julia Bruck and Dan Thomas take the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Channel 4's Julia Bruck and Dan Thomas take the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

From former presidents to TV personalities, everybody is stepping up to take the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"There are no real rules, it is just totally organic," said Megan Frazier, board president of the Tennessee chapter of the ALS Association. "There is no set donation. We are happy to receive any donation."

Here's how the challenge works: participants film themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads. They then post a challenge on social media for others to do the same and make a donation to the ALS Association.

"It's really awesome," said Nathan Ashley, who has been diagnosed with ALS. "Before all of this, besides the association, the hospital and doctor visits, you don't hear about it."

Ashley, 33, said it is about time for some awareness that could possibly fund much-needed mobile chairs, or even a cure.

"You just slowly become entrapped in your own body," Ashley said. "It started with a slight limp and now it has pretty much almost completely taken my arms, my legs."

In just three weeks, the challenge has raised $31 million nationally. Last year, the ALS Association received just $2 million in donations.

"They are not in the fight alone anymore, and that is what makes this so special," Frazier said.

There is no end date to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

To learn more about ALS and how you can donate, click here.

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