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Northwest’s football team hopes to raise money for ALS

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Football players pose for a photo for the fundraiser. The fundraiser hopes to support those with ALS.

Football players pose for a photo for the fundraiser. The fundraiser hopes to support those with ALS.

Football players pose for a photo for the fundraiser. The fundraiser hopes to support those with ALS.

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Soaked, completely soaked. One of the Northwest high school’s staff members will become drenched in water from participating in the ice bucket challenge to support those with ALS.

The ice bucket challenge, popularized by viral social media fame in 2014, is an activity where people dump a bucket of ice water over their head, or someone else’s, to promote awareness about the disease.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects nerve cells in the central nervous systems and weakens the muscles in the body. The Northwest Varsity and JV football teams sell wristbands during lunch and at their home games to raise money for people struggling with ALS.

“The illness is really unforgiving, and one of our coaches mom was diagnosed with ALS,” senior Adam Marshall said, “most people who are diagnosed with ALS usually live only up to five years.”

On Friday, September 29th, the Northwest football team started selling wristbands with the hashtag, “#FastandPhysical” in hopes to collect money for the cause. The hashtag stems from one of the football team’s mottoes; they hope that the addition of a hashtag will allow their cause to receive greater visibility.

While there is no set goal of how much money they’re hoping to raise for the prevention disease, Marshall has his head held high with a personal goal to collect over 2,000 dollars to donate for ALS Association of North Carolina, an organization dedicated to ALS research and treatment.

The students at Northwest are able to contribute to the football team’s cause by donating money to a specific jar at lunch in the commons area. Each jar is labeled with a different faculty member’s name, so the students are able to select who gets dunked in the ice bucket challenge.

“We’re trying to support our team, support [our coaches mom], and everyone in general with ALS.” junior David Stasch said.

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