Iowa ALS group reveals plans for ice bucket challenge funds



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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Months after videos of people dumping buckets of icy water over their heads flooded the Internet, the Iowa chapter of the ALS Association has announced how it plans to use funds raised during the campaign.

Josh Nuss, the chapter's executive director, said Wednesday that the $350,000 raised statewide last year through the ice bucket challenge will be invested over the next three years to help Iowans ailing from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Nuss says donations will directly support ALS clinics in Iowa, add staffers for local care services, contribute to the chapter's general grant program for medical expenses and purchase loan equipment available for Iowans to use free of charge.

From July 29 to Aug. 27, the national ALS Association raised $94 million.

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