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Ex-sports stars, corporate leaders take on Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which is aimed at raising awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - is spreading around the world. In Tokyo, former sports stars and corporate leaders were among those who took up the challenge on Thursday (Aug 21).

TOKYO: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which is aimed at raising awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - is spreading around the world.

In Tokyo, former sports stars and corporate leaders were among those who took up the challenge on Thursday (Aug 21).

There are more that 9,000 people in Japan known to have ALS. Among them is 35-year-old Masahiro Fujita who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. He was an active man but today he can no longer walk.

A cure has yet to be discovered for ALS.

The Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head to raise awareness of ALS. Nicholas Pettas, a former K-1 fighter, said: "Just pouring water does not spread the word. Nothing begins. So on this occasion, I would like to make my donation. Dear president, here's 10,000 yen."
 

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