Lewiston Fire Dept. ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

LEWISTON, ID - Sometimes we forget why we're doing things, for example dumping cold buckets of water on our heads.

Sophia Miraglio find the true meaning behind the national movement.

You've probably seen a lot of videos of your friends doing it, dumping water in the name of ALS and challenging their friends to do the same. However with this band wagon effect people often times go numb to the true meaning of the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' so here it is.

"My muscles are slowly failing and I want to slow that down a bit," said Gregg. "So do I wanna lift boxes or do I wanna pick up my grandson."

Retired Lewiston Fire Captain Doug Gregg was diagnosed with ALS last year.

"I noticed that my right thumb just couldn't bend right and grab things like I should," said Gregg. "We though it was carpal tunnel and it turns out it wasn't, it was ALS."

Gregg is just one of approximately 30,000 people in the United States suffering from the disease.

"The motor-neurons in the brain are just not talking through the spinal cord to the muscles in the various parts of the body," said Gregg. "And the muscles just don't move they just sit there. And so you just start losing your muscles. From diagnosis to death it's two to five years."

A statistic that his brothers and sisters at the department hope to change.

"We are a brotherhood, we are a family through and through and what better way to bring us all together again," said Lewiston Fire Chief, Travis Myklebust.

And in the end that what it's all about.... A challenge that bridges gaps and joins communities in the fight to find a cure.

"We have raised well over a few hundred dollars and that continuing," said Myklebust. "Hopefully we can find a cure for ALS."

'Very thankful very humbled there's no other way to describe it, I guess," said Gregg.

On any normal year just over two million dollars is given to fund research. The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' alone has raised almost $100-million.