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Democrat Sheheen joins ALS ice-bucket challengers

08/20/2014 12:12 AM

08/20/2014 12:14 AM

State senator and Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen got iced Tuesday as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the disease.

Sheheen’s son, Anthony, poured a bucket of ice water over the head of the oxford-and-tie wearing Sheheen to raise awareness about ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Discovered in the mid-19th century, ALS did not gain national attention until 1939 when American baseball legend Lou Gehrig came out with the illness, according to the ALS Association. The neurodegenerative disease causes loss of muscle control and, eventually, paralysis.

Sheheen joins a growing list of politicians taking the ALS ice bucket challenge, including Republicans Gov. Nikki Haley, House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Attorney General Alan Wilson and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

Sheheen’s shower was spurred on by former Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham and S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, who took a bucket of icewater over the head in front of the party’s headquarters Monday.

Harrison passed on the challenge to U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia.

Sheheen challenged Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimspon, D-Charleston, and Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, “because I can't think of anybody, Harvey, more than you, who needs a cold shower."

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