Ice bucket challenge splashes into Prince Albert

Jodi Schellenberg
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With the ice bucket challenge sliding through the continent, it was bound to come to Prince Albert sooner or later.

Parkland Ambulance’s Director of Public Affairs Lyle Karasiuk and CEO Trevor Dutchak participated in the challenge, created to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“It is fun and all in the good name of supporting ALS and drawing the public’s attention to ALS,” Karasiuk said. “What a wonderful idea someone created through YouTube and the mechanism of doing that, to make people more aware of ALS and the need for funds and just to make people aware in general of what ALS is and how important it is for us to support that cause.”

ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease, according to the ALS Canada website. People with the disease “become progressively paralyzed due to the degeneration of the upper and lower motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord.”

Within two to five years of diagnosis 80 per cent of people die from the disease, being unable to breath or swallow. Only 10 per cent of those affected live more than 10 years.

Since there is no known sure or effective treatment, the ALS ice bucket challenge is a good way to raise awareness and funds for the organizations searching for a cure.

Although they accepted the ice bucket challenge from Doug Dahl, communications officer for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, they still plan to donate to ALS Canada.

“Part of the whole thing, of course, if you don’t accept the challenge you have to do the $100 donation but in return they still ask you to make a contribution so Trevor and I will be making a contribution here in the coming days online,” Karasiuk said.

Both made three nominations of their own while completing the challenge.

Karasiuk nominated Ryan Pilon from CBC, Trevor Gowen from Power 99 and Don Marentette, the national first aid manager for the Canadian Red Cross.

Dutchak nominated Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne, Lou Harrision from Mix 101 and Jordan Ambrose, director of operations for Parkland Ambulance.

For more information about ALS or to learn about the ice bucket challenge, visit

Organizations: Prince Albert, ALS Canada, Public Affairs Lyle Karasiuk CBC Canadian Red Cross

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