April takes the #IceBucketChallenge, challenges GMAZ team

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Have you seen the social media experiment that's gone viral? It's called the Ice Bucket Challenge and it's designed to raise awareness and funds for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Since July 29, the ALS Association says they've raised more than $4 million. 

"We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease," said Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of The ALS Association. "We couldn't be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative."

Participants are urged to dump a bucket of ice and water over their head and make a donation to the association, then challenge others to do the same. 

"While the monetary donations are absolutely incredible," Newhouse said, "the visibility that this disease is getting as a result of the challenge is truly invaluable. People who have never before heard of ALS are now engaged in the fight to find treatments and a cure for ALS."

This is a great cause, one that's near and dear to my heart, which is why my family and I took the challenge this week. On "Good Morning Arizona" Friday, I challenged Kaley O'Kelley, Scott Pasmore, Javier Soto and Gina Maravilla to take the challenge, as well.

The buckets have been acquired and are ready to go so stay tuned!