ALS funds from challenge not trickling down to local office, say organizers

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The ice bucket challenge has been getting a lot of attention around the country lately, so much so the ALS Association has raised $15 million nationwide. But that money has yet to make it down to Charleston's local office, say organizers.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been getting so much attention recently has raised $15.6 million for the ALS Association nationwide.

In the Charleston area, members of law enforcement, college and pro sports, and even media personalities have joined in the effort to raise money for a good cause.

Nikki Shealy is a volunteer for the local ALS Association the only one in the state. She says the money raised goes to fund research, but hasn't trickled down to the local chapter.

"We've been thrilled at how much money has poured into the national ALS Association this money will go towards finding a cure," said Shealy. "But I would like to challenge people to actually donate to the South Carolina ALS Association chapter. We have people here who need that as a resource as they deal with this disease, my family included."

A year ago, Shealy became an advocate for the local chapter when her mother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS.

The disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Shealy says by giving locally, people like her mother in law will be directly affected.

"Your donation will help our family so we can help people get help from the ALS Association to find the resources we need, get the support classes we need," said Shealy.

To donate to local ALS Association, click here.