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      Local Non-Profit Creates ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fund

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      A local non-profit is providing a safe way to donate your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dollars.

      The Grand Island Community Foundation participated in their own challenge at Island Oasis Tuesday.

      CEO Tammy Morris said their office has already received numerous donations since they were approached by the family of Densel Rasmussen, a Grand Islander diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease in May.

      "ALS is one of those diseases that unfortunately people don't want to talk about because it is so scary; and we decided as a family if we didn't take the opportunity and go with the momentum of the Ice Bucket Challenge we were really missing out on an opportunity to raise awareness and help raise funds for ALS," said Erin Marsh, Rasmussen's daughter.

      "Dad has had so much support from family, co-workers. The community has rallied behind him and I think the whole Ice Bucket Challenge brought it to a head; and it's just been great to see all the support our family and our dad has," said Kelsey Clyne, Rasmussen's daughter.

      The Community Foundation also did the challenge in memory of John Brownell. They nominated the Stuhr Museum board and foundation and Tom Dinsdale Automotive to take the challenge.

      The foundation will eventually donate funds they receive to the ALS Association. To donate, click here.

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