WTOK Staffers Accept ALS Challenge

(L-R) Jeffrey May, Deana Day and John Johnson get dunked by Tim Irvine.

Meridian, Miss. Various WTOK's staffers have accepted the ice Bucket Challenge in recent days, including several members of the news team.

The fundraiser for research for a cure to Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

News producer/photographer, Jeffrey May, news anchor, Deana Day and news director, John Johnson answered the challenge Wednesday morning.

"I wasn't challenged but I volunteered," said Jeffrey.

"This is for Debra Bradford," said Deana. "She also challenged me. And Tami Gray and anybody else who thinks you might challenge me. This is it. I've met the challenge."

"We're going to challenge Lindsey Hall, Brian Hutton, Jr.," said John. "And let's go ahead and throw in Chip Scarborough."

"We're calling you out buddy, for the ice bucket challenge," said Deana. "And, hey, let's throw in Wade Phillips for good measure. And you may see more of this Friday night on Football Friday."

The ALS Foundation says about 5600 people per year are diagnosed with the disease. The average life expectancy is two to five years after diagnosis. Approximately two people per 100,000 die in the U.S. of ALS annually. It is not contagious.