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Westfield leaders accept ice challenge, raise ALS awareness

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One city and two state officials took part in an ice bucket challenge on Saturday to raise awareness for ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mayor Dan Knapik was joined by State Sen. Don Humason and State Rep. John Velis at city hall for the ice cold shower.

Knapik was challenged by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to take part and then Knapik challenged Humason and Velis.

Knapik said he wore a baseball jersey to raise awareness for a local baseball team, too.

"Westfield's 14-year-old Babe Ruth team is heading down to Ocala, FL, for the World Series, so I said why not make a better connection to raise awareness for ALS and our Babe Ruth team to head down to Florida," said Knapik.

Knapik also challenged two other Pioneer Valley mayors to take part in the challenge.

He issued the request to Mayor Edward Sullivan in West Springfield and Mayor Richard Cohen in Agawam.

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