Pouring Tea to Spread Hope: Iced Tea Challenge to Fight ALS Begins

You probably remember the Ice Bucket Challenge. And you likely have experience with a lemonade stand. Well, put those two together and you have the Iced Tea Challenge, a new initiative started by a mom in New Jersey that hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which in 2014 went totally viral and raised more than $100 million to fight ALS.


Rebecca Wetzel of New Jersey has a family history of ALS. When she was just 6 years old, she lost her grandfather to the disease; and in 2008, ALS claimed her father's life as well.

ALS is genetic, so Rebecca has a 50% chance of carrying the gene that could bring on the disease later in life. And if Rebecca is a carrier, her two young daughters could be as well. Faced with the possibility of having to fight the disease that took her grandfather and father away, Rebecca has decided to take it upon herself to launch this new effort to promote awareness and raise money for research into treatments and cures for ALS.

The New Jersey mom sees the Iced Tea Challenge as "an opportunity for youth to make a significant impact on the lives of others." The concept is simple: on any weekend in May or June, kids who want to participate should set up an iced tea stand in their neighborhoods, request donations for each glass, and use the stand as a way to share information about ALS with people who stop by.

Rebecca and her daughters want the slogan of the challenge to be: Pour Tea to Spread Hope. Find more information about how to participate right here.

Story via TODAY.

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