Post editor takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, challenges Greenwich Board of Selectmen

The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping across America and, after being on the receiving end of a bucket of ice cold water to raise awareness for ALS, Post editor Ken Borsuk had a challenge for the Greenwich Board of Selectmen.

As of Tuesday, the challenge had raised more than $15 million to combat ALS, which is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, robbing people of their motor skills and the challenge has been a huge success in raising both awareness and money to fight the disease.

The rules are that once a person is challenged they have the choice of either donating to the ALS Association or having a bucket of ice cold water dumped over their head. Most choose to do both however because once you have the water poured onto you, you can challenge others. This has taken the Internet by storm as celebrities from Taylor Swift to Conan O’Brien have filmed themselves being soaked and challenging others and it has come to Greenwich as well. Gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, a town resident, and State Rep. Fred Camillo took the challenge last week and Gov. Dannel Malloy also endured a soaking.

Last week Post sports editor Paul Silverfarb, responding to the challenge of his sister, Rachel Bassett, received the icy cold bath and Mr. Silverfarb was quick to challenge Mr. Borsuk. Never being one to back away from a challenge, Mr. Borsuk took the challenge outside of the Post’s offices on Tuesday morning and then challenged not only Greenwich resident Christian Correa to endure the same treatment but the Board of Selectmen as well.

First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectmen David Theis and Drew Marzullo had not yet responded to the dare as of the posting of this article. But should they take Mr. Borsuk up on his challenge, the Post will be at the scene.

More information is available online about the challenge and how to donate at Alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html.

 

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