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Stevens Point woman shares special connection to Ice Bucket Challenge

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PLOVER (WAOW) -

To one Portage County woman, the Ice Bucket Challenge hits a little closer to home.

About two years ago doctors diagnosed Pam Somers of Stevens Point with ALS.

She sometimes needs a walking stick to get around.

"It's tough," said Somers. "Every day is a struggle. Every day is a fight. Somedays are harder than others."

But now people across the country are joining that fight through the ice bucket challenge.

According to the ALS Association, people have donated more than $41 million to the cause.

"It's neat," Somers said. "Thank you everyone for donating. Thank you for taking the time and it just, it just means the world."

Among the latest to take to the plunge is the Boys and Girls Club of Portage County.

Before getting dunked, staff invited Somers to share her story with the children.

"If you just do the challenge and you don't teach them why you're doing it or what ALS is then there's no meaning behind the challenge and that's not raising awareness and so I think the important part is teach them while they're young," said Brittany Melby, the Director of Development and Marketing at the Boys and Girls Club of Portage County.

Somers says she hopes the children will take her words to heart.

"Let's find a way to keep these people going so they don't have to die the terrible ways that they're dying," said Somers.

Instead she encourages those living with the illness to stay positive.

"Always live strong," said Somers.

For more information about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge you can go to http://www.alsa.org/.

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