The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has its “first” bilingual entry. MSNBC and Telemundo host and anchor José Díaz-Balart got two coolers filled with ice water dunked on him in a Spanish and English video that also featured Telemundo anchor and host Maria Celeste Arrarás. Díaz-Balart took the challenge in honor of his father-in-law, Charles Brown, who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
“I am so happy to have had the opportunity to help raise awareness and, equally as important, contributions to fight ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge,” Díaz-Balart said. “[My father-in-law’s] valiant fight has inspired me to support any effort to create awareness about ALS and the extraordinary efforts to fight it.”
ALS is a degenerative disease that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord that control movement and eventually leads to death. The challenge was started was started in Massachusetts with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates to raise awareness and donations for ALS research. Participants get ice water poured over them before asking friends and family to do the same or donate money. In his video, Díaz-Ballart singled out actors Diego Schoening, Rafael Amaya and Sofia Vergara to continue the challenge.
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