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Bridge St. Bakery and Cafe employee Leann Clark douses her friend and fellow employee Hannah Taylor with icy water Friday.

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Bridge St. Bakery and Cafe Server Hannah Taylor after being doused in icy water Friday.


Dozens take on icy ALS Challenge

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Updated: 10:02 AM


C-S-E Editor

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Friday and Saturday, dozens accepted a challenge issued by Bridge Street Bakery and Cafe Owner Lisha Dolan to participate in the recently-widespread ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, requiring each supporter to douse themselves in ice-cold water.

The point of the challenge, however, is not just to provide a cold shock to the system, but to bring attention to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as "Lou Gehrig's disease -- a neurogenerative condition developed by one or two in every 100,000 people each year. While people of all races and ethnic backgrounds can develop the disease, it currently affects about 30,000 Americans.

Through Facebook, Dolan requested that people come to her store Friday and Saturday morning to make donations and raise awareness with an ice-bucket drenching.

Word spread fast, with tons of people re-posting Dolan's status. About 40 people had completed the challenge, each nominating others during the process, by early Friday afternoon.

Dolan offered anybody who participated a free baked good -- a cookie emblazoned with the disease's acronym. She also taped many of the participants dousing themselves and uploaded the videos to the business' Facebook page.

Dolan noted that a family member of one of her employees was diagnosed with ALS, making the mission to raise money personal.

Early Friday morning, Dolan even participated, drenching herself with an icy mix. "It's cold -- the shock of it," she said of the experience, continuing, "but, I was so amazed by the amount of people that showed up to give support and donations on such a cold day."

All Bridge St. Bakery and Cafe, 10 Bridge St., employees were issued the challenge along with the public, and on Friday, everybody present participated, even including Dolan's mother. Her husband was scheduled to be doused later Friday evening after getting home from work.

On Friday, Server Hannah Taylor was one of the last to take the challenge, with her fellow employee Leann Clark joyfully taking on the honor of dumping a heaping, ice-cold bucket of water over her friend's head.

"We got some great donations," Dolan commented, noting that to be a part of such a powerful, global initiative that makes a difference in the lives of many was extremely satisfying.


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