In 2012, ALS robbed Darrell Haymore of nearly all of his physical abilities. It started with weakness in his legs, then his hips. Shortly after, he could no longer walk. He also has to use a machine to help him breathe. His lungs are perfectly fine, but his diaphragm no longer works correctly. There is no cure for ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Haymore is just one of many people afflicted by the disease.
Almost everyone from celebrities, television reporters and anchors to your neighbor are doing what has become a national fundraiser - the ice bucket challenge to raise money and awareness.
Here are some of the many #IceBucketChallenge participants in the past week or so, WATCH:
South Carolina's Steve Spurrier is now a member of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" club. He rounded up his coaching staff to help him raise awareness as part of the viral fundraiser for the ALS Association. VPC
A local man along with his family and physicians and staff from Wake Forest Baptist participated in the challenge to raise money for ALS.
The ice bucket challenge is all over Facebook and Twitter. So it only figures that the heads of those companies and other tech giants join in the viral ALS campaign. VPC
WFMY News 2's General Manager, Larry Audas, Takes Ice Bucket Challenge. Reporter/Anchor, Chad Silber and Meteorologist, Tim Buckley did the honors.
The ice bucket challenge continues to take over Facebook news feeds across the country. The challenge is raising awareness and money for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. VPC
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford makes sure Julie Luck takes the #IceBucketChallenge live on-air. Julie challenged Frank Mickens, Liz Crawford and Grant Gilmore to get the ice bucket! Stay Tuned...
Liz Crawford, Frank Mickens and Grant Gilmore do the #IceBucketChallenge live during the 11pm newscast Wednesday night after being challenged by Julie Luck who did it during the 6pm newscast.
WFMY News 2's Meghann Mollerus and Patrick Wright accepted Thursday a nomination Thursday to complete the "Ice Bucket Challenge"--a nationwide phenomenon intended to raise awareness of and funding for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). WFMY News 2
Chad Silber, Lauren Melvin and Tim Buckley accept the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.
It's not just people on your Facebook news feed taking the viral Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. These TV reporters challenged each other, and got soaked in the process, all for a good cause! VPC
A friend's 11 year old daughter challenged Tanya to help raise awareness for ALS. It was cold, but it's worth every icecube to raise awareness.