Thursday, August 21, 2014

VIDEO: Geddy Lee of Rush takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bassist Geddy Lee of Rush has accepted and taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral video campaign that is raising funds for the ALS Association.

Lee accepted the challenge made by Primus bassist Les Claypool and, in turn, puts it forward to musician Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, actor Jay Baruchel and baseball legend Randy Johnson.

Within 24 hours of being challenged, participants are to video themselves accepting the task and presenting their own challenge to three others, followed by pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads.

There are multiple versions of the challenge, and all are designed to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is surpassing all expectations as it continues to go viral. As of August 21, The ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). These donations have come from existing donors and 739,275 new donors to The Association.

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

To learn more about ALS and/or to donate, visit

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