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Marshfield Clinic doctors take on the ALS ice bucket challenge

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW)-- The ALS ice bucket challenge is continuing to raise money and awareness for the deadly disease.

Thursday night some Marshfield Clinic doctors got in on the fun after they were challenged by a family impacted by the disease.

The Braun's lost a member of their family this year from ALS also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Lynn Braun's father-in-law John died in January from the disease.

"He was one of those people that always helped always gave his time and I think this is just one more way that he can help everybody," said John Braun's daughter-in-law, Lynn Braun.

Now the family is doing what they can to raise awareness.

They challenged doctors at Marshfield Clinic who are researching ALS.

"When he challenged [us] it was something that we could not have ignored," said Dr. Narayana Murali, Marshfield Clinic Board Chair.

Marshfield clinic doctors are taking a closer look the genetics of the disease, and they have been studying the Braun family for several months now.

"When you find a family with ALS you have the unique opportunity to study the disease over time," said Neurologist Dr. Jaime Boero.

With all the attention the ice bucket challenge has brought to ALS, the Braun's say they are optimistic.

"It gives us hope," Braun said. "It gives us hope that someday they will find a cure for this so that my husband or my son or his brothers or aunts and uncles won't have to go through the same thing that my father-in-law went through. "

The doctors who took the chilly challenge say the icy splash was for a cause they believe in.

"It's absolutely worth it, no question about it," said Murali.

The Braun Family has also put together a walk in Marshfield to raise money and awareness for ALS on September 6th.

For more information about the event check out the Steps for Hope Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1sLRFwd .

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