Bucksport woman’s extreme ALS Ice Bucket Challenge brings in more than $1,600

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
Jessie Savage (right) dumps ice water on Hunter Klenowski (center), 12, who dumps water on Heidi Klenowski as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport.
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Jessie Savage (right) dumps ice water on Hunter Klenowski (center), 12, who dumps water on Heidi Klenowski as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport. Buy Photo
Heidi Klenowski (left) has ice water dumped on her by Jessie Savage as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport.
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Heidi Klenowski (left) has ice water dumped on her by Jessie Savage as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport. Buy Photo
Heidi Klenowski (left) and Jessie Savage dump buckets of ice water on their heads as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport.
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Heidi Klenowski (left) and Jessie Savage dump buckets of ice water on their heads as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport. Buy Photo
Jessie Savage (right) dumps ice water on Hunter Klenowski (center), 12, who dumps water on Heidi Klenowski as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport.
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Jessie Savage (right) dumps ice water on Hunter Klenowski (center), 12, who dumps water on Heidi Klenowski as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport. Buy Photo
Dustin Carlisle (center) dumps a bucket of ice water on Jessie Savage (left) while Heidi Klenowski gets drenched by Paul Klenowski Jr. as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport.
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Dustin Carlisle (center) dumps a bucket of ice water on Jessie Savage (left) while Heidi Klenowski gets drenched by Paul Klenowski Jr. as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport. Buy Photo
Ice water is dumped on Heidi Klenowski (right) and Jessie Savage (left) by Dawain Moody as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport.
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Ice water is dumped on Heidi Klenowski (right) and Jessie Savage (left) by Dawain Moody as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport. Buy Photo
Heidi Klenowski (right) winces as ice water is dumped on her head by Dawain Moody as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport.
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Heidi Klenowski (right) winces as ice water is dumped on her head by Dawain Moody as part of the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday at Carrier's restaurant in Bucksport. Buy Photo

It’s one thing to dump a single bucket of water on your head and donate. It’s another to dump more than 160 buckets of ice water on your head. But Bucksport resident Heidi Klenowski wanted to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to the extreme, and she was able to do just that, thanks to donations from hundreds of friends and strangers.

The mother of two lost her father-in-law to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, about 10 years ago. ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disease that causes patients to slowly lose the ability to move, speak and, eventually, breathe. It is not typically hereditary; however, in the Klenowskis’ case, it is, which means her husband has a 50/50 chance of being diagnosed.

Klenowski has long raised money for ALS research and awareness, but this challenge was her biggest effort to date. She raised more than $1,200 herself and received even more from the owner of Carrier’s Mainely Lobster in Bucksport, who placed a bucket out at the restaurant and offered anyone who donated at least $10 10 percent off their bill.

About a week before the event, an article about her efforts ran in the Bangor Daily News. Other news organizations followed with their own stories. Within days, she went from raising $450 to $1,200. On the day of the event, even more donations poured in.

Before the event, Klenowski promised she would dump one bucket for every $10 raised. Which meant Friday involved a lot of ice water — more than 160 buckets, in fact. But she was not about to complain.

“I’m very excited,” Klenowski said. “I had no idea it would get this big this fast.”

Because of the increased popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, fundraising has reached an all time high for the ALS Association, which, among other things, advocates for more research about the disease and potential cures.

 

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