Unique Mid-Buch Ice Bucket Challenge Means More to One Teacher

By Alan Van Zandt | avanzandt@kq2.com

Published 08/29 2014 09:14PM

Updated 08/29 2014 10:47PM

(FAUCETT, Mo.) At Mid Buchanan High School in Faucett, it wasn't an ordinary school pep rally.

After a fight song and some cheers, coaches introduced their school's fall sports teams. Then, coaches participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

But, for one of the coaches, the challenge meant more that just pouring ice water over his head. Boys baseball and girls basketball coach Rod Elms had a brother who died from ALS.

"He was diagnosed just three years ago and died of the disease last year," Elms said.

Elms' brother Terry was a 1967 graduate of Mid-Buchanan.

"A lot of the kids have been asking me about ALS, which is why this is being done because I appreciate this," Elms said. "Now I can tell them that it affects their muscles and your nervous systems but you're fully aware of everything in your brain. Again, there's no cure for it."

After the coaches completed their challenge, it was the students' turn. But with a bleacher-full of more than 200 students, there weren't enough ice buckets to go around. So Elms turned the fire hose on the students.

"I call it an 'adaptive ice challenge,'" he said. "I told them they were going to get wet!"

Students were eager to participate and cheered every time a spray from the hose came their direction.

"I just want the kids to have fun and understand what ALS is," Elms said. "It's a great way to honor my brother."

The ALS fundraiser garnered $600 in donations.

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