Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams took on the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge in a viral video filmed on Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza, both committing to donate $100 to the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter as well as getting doused with a bucket of ice water by Sarah Pattison, Walk Program Manager for that organization. He was responding to being nominated by former New York City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr, who filmed his own video yesterday and posted it to social media.
“By taking a part in this challenge, we can all raise awareness of the existence of this illness and raise money for ALS research,” said Borough President Adams in his viral video. “Every 90 minutes, someone dies from ALS. There are 5,600 cases diagnosed per year, or 15 people per day. I am also committing a $100 donation today to this important cause.”
Borough President Adams proceeded to nominate Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, Sergeants Benevolent Association President Edward D. Mullins and the Reverend Al Sharpton for the challenge, citing the hope that everyone can “cool off for a good cause.”
“Watch, spread the word, and donate,” said Pattinson, in advance of the filming of the viral video. “I’m excited to douse the borough president in some cold water.”
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice. 29-year-old Beverly, Massachusetts resident Pete Frates, who has lived with ALS since 2012, started the challenge with his family on the social sites Facebook and Twitter.