Published: Aug 15, 2014 10:29 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 15, 2014 1:22 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Rob Spicker and Joey Sovine participated in the ALS #IceBucketChallenge this morning.

The 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. 

Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1939. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. 

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