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Superintendent MacCormick and Staff Get Soaked in Ice Water for ALS

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Bradford Elementary families raised money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Friday, September 26.

Many Bradford families each purchased raffle tickets to see Superintendent Penny MacCormick, Bradford School Principal Naomi Kirkman and secretary Jackie Dorman take on the Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday, September 26 and to be the ones to pour the water. 

The ALS Association defines ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, as a "progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed."

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Three lucky winners were drawn and each was given a chance to pour ice water over MacCormack, Kirkman and Dorman. 

“A friend of mine, Jay DePaola, who was never sick a day in his life, was diagnosed two years ago with the dreadful disease ALS,” said Dorman, who suggested her school get involved with the cause that made headlines over the summer via social media.

Over $1,000 was raised for the ALS Foundation in honor of Dorman’s friend. “It was so much fun and it was for a great cause,” said Dorman.

Kirkman said, “It was touching to see the amount of families come out and support this wonderful event.”

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