Community took ice bucket challenge as a group

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POSTED: Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 9:51pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 7:50am

Hundreds of East Texans gathered in Whitehouse Sunday afternoon in support of David Baskin. The East Texan has ALS. His wife, Keri, said she was thankful for the new ice bucket challenge trend.

"It's the most exciting thing I've seen in a long time. The ALS community is a pretty silent community," said Keri Baskin.

They are silent because many patients lose their voice and can no longer speak. Now, the community is their voice.

"It's the first time probably in 75 years since Lou Gehrig was first diagnosed... that the ALS community has felt like they actually have a voice where people took notice and had passion and compassion," said Baskin.

By now, most have heard of ALS, but for the Baskin family, it's more than just three letters and splashing cold water on your head.

"It's a full time job, from the time we get up in the morning to when we go to bed at night," said Baskin.

The entire crowd took the challenge at the same time.

"...everyone is coming together to make it work. I'm just so grateful for that and it being a community supported effort," said volunteer, Teresa Hughes.

Hughes said they raised about $3,000.

"You think about things that have a direct impact on families. This is one of those moments that we are just so thankful to be able to highlight the day and bring attention to ALS," said Hughes.

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