Josh Murray Issues the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to Ryan Braun… Watch Him Accept

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention as your social media feeds have probably been overtaken by videos of your friends dumping buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness about this disease and funds to fight it.

Former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates was diagnosed with the disease in 2012, and Pete, along with fellow ALS patient Pat Quinn, began what is known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge” on their own social networks in late July to raise money and awareness for the disease with which approximately 5600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with each year and as many as 30,000 Americans may have at any given time (per the ALSA).

The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

The challenge reached the Brewers when former Brewers prospect and recent winner of The Bachelorette, Josh Murray, issued the challenge to our own Ryan Braun:

Ryan Braun prepares for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Ryan Braun prepares for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Ryan accepted and issued the challenge to three more individuals…who just happen to be his teammates. Take a look here:

 

Mashable reports that the ALS Association has seen a fourfold increase in donations between July 26 and August 6 compared to the same time period in 2013. To learn more, click here.

 

Thank you, social media, Pete Frates, Pat Quinn, Josh Murray and Ryan Braun for helping #StrikeOutALS.

 

Here’s looking at you, Jonathan, Kyle and Carlos!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

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