The ice bucket challenge has been making its way across the US to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gherig's disease. One northern Michigan family took it to a new level.
Michael Barry was a physician in Traverse City who passed away in July from the disease. Saturday, after his funeral, his whole family decided to take on the challenge together in his honor.
They went down a line drenching each other with buckets of ice cold water, and a total of nineteen people participated.
They said although they were dreading doing it, they knew it was the right thing to do.??Gosh we went through and a three and a half year roller coaster with our dad having ALS as a disease,?? said his daughter, Sarah Barry. ??He taught us a lot of lessons about how to look at life in a positive manner and it feels only right that today after having celebrated his life at his funeral that we would do the ice bucket challenge.??
Michael's wife, Linda, challenged all of Grand Traverse County and Traverse City Film Festival president Michael Moore to take on the challenge.