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AFP’s Crystal Graham takes the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

Crystal Graham

Augusta Free Press LLC Vice President Crystal Graham took the ALS #IceBucketChallenge today. Augusta Free Press will donate $100 to ALS on her behalf and challenges other local businesses and individuals to match our donation! Clients, you are up!

Crystal challenged ….

  • Teresa Gauldin, Mathers President and CEO
  • Mary McDermott, Lumos Senior Vice President-Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Secretary
  • Sara Christopherson, food blogger at MyCleanKitchen.com

(Augusta Free Press is happy to video if you need any help!)

“I saw Chris Daughtry’s video that he did at the Rockingham County Fair, and knew it wouldn’t be long before I was challenged,” she said.

While it took her several days to complete the challenge from niece Carly, she went through with the ice water challenge to help raise awareness for ALS.

Facebook friend and wsva news guru Karl Magenhofer lost his mother to ALS. If you are looking for a local reason to give, his account sums it up.

“The next time you scoff at an ice bucket video and curse it for cluttering up your news feed, I want you to think about a couple things,” he wrote on his timeline. “ALS took my mother. It is a disease that leaves many a prisoner in their own bodies, unable to perform the most basic functions, yet with their mind intact. The disease is one I fear may never be cured or even remotely treatable because of its complexity …. The money flowing to the national foundation due to the challenge is critical and pray that it may lead to discoveries that keep your family from suffering the loss that mine did.”

Well said, Karl. (We hope you don’t mind us sharing this with AFP readers.)

Watch Crystal’s video online at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203189330148663&l=815329893004004649

For more information on donating to ALS or the challenge, visit http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.