Norwalk Republican challenges Rilling, McQuaid & Sodaro to ice bucket dousing

NORWALK, Conn. – The Ice Bucket Challenge has come to Norwalk.

Republican Registrar of Voters Karen Doyle Lyons joined the viral social media phenomenon Saturday, releasing a video of her husband, Dan Lyons, dumping ice water on her head at the behest of her grandson, Christopher Watson. On Sunday, state Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) is scheduled to be doused at 3 p.m. at his Toilsome Avenue home, the finale of his latest ice cream social.

This is part of the Ice Bucket Challenge promoted by the ALS Association on Aug. 6. Doyle Lyons and Duff are part of a chain of people bringing attention to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Participants are challenged to either donate money to ALS or have a bucket of ice water poured on their head – but, hey, you can do both if you want.

Dan Lyons made Saturday’s dousing even more fun by spraying his wife with a hose after the expected ice water.

The campaign is working wonders – as of Saturday, the ALS Association had received $62.5 million in donations, compared to $2.4 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to Aug. 23), according to a post on its website. These donations have come from existing donors and 1.2 million new donors to the association.

Doyle Lyons challenged Mayor Harry Rilling, Town Clerk Rick McQuaid, Deputy Democratic Registrar Bob Sodaro and some of her family members to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease, its website states. In addition, the association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies at the federal level that respond to the needs of people with ALS.

Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, and that only modestly extends survival by two to three months, the website states. Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal. In addition to acclimating to the challenges that come with losing control of voluntary muscle movement, people with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and eventually breathe, the website states.


4 responses to “Norwalk Republican challenges Rilling, McQuaid & Sodaro to ice bucket dousing”

  1. Been there done that

    Congratulations Karen, something postive from the republicans. Where’s Torrano?

  2. Oldtimer

    Staying warm and dry ?

  3. Kathleen Montgomery

    Go Rick! And make sure it isn’t lightning out.

  4. Bobby Arvanitakis

    Rick McQuaid is a friend and a nice person.

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