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Condon accepts ice bucket challenge

Spokane Mayor David Condon has announced he will accept the ALS ice bucket challenge at noon Wednesday on the Gonzaga Prep football field with members of the school’s football team.

People who are challenged are asked to make a donation to an ALS charity or dump a bucket of ice water on their heads. Many people are doing both and each person who accepts the challenge nominates three others to participate.

The mayor, a Gonzaga Prep alumnus, has received ice bucket challenges from several people, according to a city news release.

The ice bucket challenge has resulted in $22.9 million in donations to the ALS Association since July 29 compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.