Well, that escalated quickly...
It started when Jenn Hoff (now at KOIN in Portland) called me out on air to do the #IceBucketChallenge.
Anyway, out of sheer laziness, I bailed on my friend Hannah when she asked to tape the challenge in the morning. I was thinking, "Oh, I don't really need to do that..."
But then as I drove to work, I started to think... "I HAVE to do it!"
I started thinking of the people I knew impacted by ALS. And, then I realized, I was one of them. I did several stories on a girl named Haley Stevens, a high schooler who found out she had ALS days before her 16th birthday. Her doctors had never seen someone so young with that diagnosis. She died at age 17.
I never got to see Haley as a bubbly teenager. I met her when she lost her ability to walk and talk. An entire community was heartbroken when she left us, and I don't want to forget her.
Donate to her walk
So, I mentioned Haley before we did the deed. So thankful for our producer Krystal Webb for letting this happen on air! Though I think any producer would get a kick out of dumping ice cold water on their peeps... by the way... I also donated to Haley's team for the ALS walk in September!
WATCH me take on the #IceBucketChallenge
And I'm so thankful that Mary Jo and Adam Schrager took on the challenge during the morning show! Apparently, the Dane County sheriff Dave Mahoney will be taking it on, too... check back! I hear we might have a new challenge on the night beat, too!!!
8/14/2014 05:33:48 pm
Great Job! Just saw you do the " Ice Bucket Challenge " You're AWESOME :)
8/14/2014 05:34:06 pm
U r the BEST!!!!
8/14/2014 05:34:33 pm
I LOVE that you are doing this for Haley. She was so LOVED by the Springfield Community and still is.
8/14/2014 05:34:55 pm
just watched it!! Great work for a great cause
8/14/2014 05:35:16 pm
Great Job Michelle Li can hardly wait to see Coach Anderson and the Badger football team :)
8/14/2014 05:35:36 pm
8/14/2014 05:36:04 pm
totally awesome. for two or three years I went to visit a family and both there kid got muscular dystrophy. They ended up dying this past month. I used to push them from class to class cause I was an office assistant. After that I would visit them twice a week. Sure we do this and it's fun. Lets think about their parent's after all the ice is melted and how they have day in and day out cared for their kids.
8/14/2014 05:36:37 pm
Way to go girl! Proud of you!
8/14/2014 05:36:57 pm
We watched ...u were so brave and no towels !!
8/14/2014 05:37:30 pm
What a trooper.
8/14/2014 05:37:51 pm
8/14/2014 05:38:18 pm
LOL! "Oh my god, that was HORRIBLE!" Hahahaha!!
8/14/2014 05:38:33 pm
Awesome that you took the plunge. My father in law died of ALS. Love all the attention on a disease that typically gets so little.
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