Veterans Home in Tilton takes on ALS challenge
LaBrecque, the home’s commandant, had just been drenched with water and ice from an ice bucket. She was one of several of the home’s staff and residents taking part in the nationwide ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.The challenge, a fundraising tool to help find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness, loss of the use of arms and legs and eventually, difficulty speaking, breathing and swallowing. There is no cure.
Those taking part are responding to challenges issued by colleagues. Those getting splashed take donations for the cause, then issue challenges to other colleagues.
The home raised more than $400 for the ALS Association with the challenge.
One of those participating was not a member of the home’s staff, but the wife of one of its residents. Paula Bertholdt’s husband, Bill Bertholdt, an Air Force veteran, is living at the home. The couple donated $100 to the effort.