SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - We've all seen these ice water challenges here on the news and all over the internet. But we saw one today that we thought was rather special. It happened at Brewer High School in Morgan County, and WHNT News 19 was there.
A lot of buckets to fill.
"We have a student, her father is fighting ALS," explained Brewer High School Principal Jeremy Childers. He went on, "She came to me last Friday and said she wanted to challenge Brewer High School to an ice bucket challenge. And so here we are today, Thursday afternoon. we're going to have a pep rally and as soon as the pep rally's over with, we've got 400 students that have signed up to do the ice bucket challenge."
Hanna Bazzel and her family know all too well what a cruel and debilitating disease ALS is. It attacks in the prime of life, progressively robbing its victims of simple motor skills. There is no cure. The ice bucket challenge craze that's sweeping the nation has brought unprecedented awareness to the disease, and to those who are fighting it. And so Hanna issued her challenge out of love and respect for her father. And her entire school rallied behind her.
"It just makes me feel so good people are getting excited for this cause and it's such a great cause," Hanna said.
"Well it's amazing, it's amazing. I think this gives Hanna a voice in her life, at 16 years old, almost 16, that she can do something and make a difference, and she can make her daddy smile," said Myra Bazzel, Hanna's mother.
And so more than 400 students raised a bucket and answered the challenge at Brewer High School out of respect for one of their own. And then Hanna's dad took his turn, and challenged a few of his friends to do the same. Awareness is a powerful thing. But so is the love and support of those around you.
Mr. Childers challenged Morgan County's other high schools to take the ice bucket challenge.
By the way, the Brewer High School students raised $1,100 for ALS research during the event. Congratulations!
*Special thanks to Roland Scott/Oakwood University for the use of their ice bucket challenge still photos used in this story.