EDISION, NJ – Mayor Thomas Lankey has accepted two separate challenges to join the fight against ALS from Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and State Senator Peter J. Barnes III.
Police Chief Thomas Bryan, police Capt. Andy Fresco and Patrolman Joe Chonka will dump buckets of icy water over Mayor Lankey at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday near the main entrance to Edison Police Headquarters at 100 Municipal Blvd, Edison, NJ.
Wearing a golf shirt and slacks, Lankey will receive the first of two “Ice Bucket Challenges” that he received to help raise public awareness about ALS, a degenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“I’m not thrilled about being drenched in icy water, but I sincerely believe that we must provide more funding for scientific research to provide relief for thousands of people afflicted with ALS,” Lankey said. “It would be wonderful if we could conquer this debilitating disease in our lifetime.”
Today’s event also underscores a renewed spirit of cooperation between the Lankey Administration and its uniformed services. In addition to Chief Bryan, police Capt. Fresco is state delegate for the Edison Superior Officers Association and Chonka is the finance secretary for Edison PBA Local 75.
Along with today’s event to raise public awareness about ALS, Mayor Lankey has pledged to make personal donation to help fight ALS. Lankey will make a separate contribution toward ALS research in early September when he again will face the “Ice Bucket Challenge” at Middlesex County College.
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