ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – To one Albuquerque woman, the Ice Bucket Challenge is more than just a good deed. It’s personal. So she did her challenge a little differently.
“Hey everybody, it’s Brittany,” she says in the video. “I wanted to talk about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s been really difficult for me to decide if I want to participate or not.”
Brittany Chacon watched in amazement as the campaign to raise awareness for ALS grew this summer, with everyone from former presidents, to our own Dean Staley, getting drenched with ice water and donating money to fight the disease.
For Chacon, the issue is personal – and hard to talk about.
“My grandma was diagnosed with ALS and it’s a really bad disease,” she says as she fights back tears. “You have to watch somebody lose all the muscle in their body – all the functions they are used to doing – but they still have the mental capacity of understanding what’s going on.”
Chacon’s husband tells News 13 that Brittany is camera shy, but created the video because she wanted to remind people why everyone is dumping ice water on their heads: that people’s lives change when they or a loved one are diagnosed with the illness with no cure.
“They know everything they’ve lost. I had to watch my grandma go through it and it was really, really bad,” Chacon said. “So, with that said, here’s our Ice Cucket Challenge.”
Her grandma, Rose Parker was a life-long Albuquerque resident. Parker passed away from ALS in 2009. Chacon’s Ice Bucket Challenge was done in her honor.