Milwaukee Building Trades: Participate in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Workers will meet at Miller Park to raise awareness, funds for the disease

September 3, 2014 (Milwaukee, Wis.) – The Milwaukee Building Trades announced Wednesday that they would be participating in their own ALS Solidarity Ice Bucket Challenge to donate funds and raise awareness for the ALS Association’s efforts to fight the disease. This large-scale Ice Bucket Challenge will take place on Thursday, September 4th at 12 pm at the Teamwork Memorial Statue at Miller Park. The Teamwork statue honors three Iron Workers Local 8 members killed during the construction of the new baseball stadium.

The group is hoping to raise $2,000 and have at least 25 members participate in the challenge. Among those represented will be Dan Bukiewicz, President of the Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council, Ken Kraemer, Executive Director of Building Advantage, and John Bzdawka, Business Manager for IBEW Local 494.

According to the ALS Association, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is currently no known cure for ALS, and the Ice Bucket Challenges that have become very popular in recent months across the United States have prompted over 3 million people to donate and have raised over $100 million for disease research.

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