Cindy and Jack Dixon wait ready to watch Frank Beaman take the ice bucket challenge. Jack was diagnosed with ALS two years ago.
Cindy and Jack Dixon wait ready to watch Frank Beaman take the ice bucket challenge. Jack was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. (Cherry Rushin)

It was cloudy and an unseasonably cool 82 degrees Friday afternoon and Frank Beaman had a cold. But the Faith Community Hospital administrator wasn't the least apprehensive about dumping a cooler full of ice water on his head.

 

Frank participated in the ice bucket challenge which is the latest fad to sweep Facebook. Participants create a video of themselves having ice water dumped on them and challenge others to do the same within 24 hours or donate to a charity that supports ALS.

 

 

Before Beaman got doused he said he planned to make a donation to ALS and challenged local leaders.

 

“I challenge Jack County leaders Judge Mitchell Davenport, the superintendents of all the schools John Kuhn, Dennis Bennett and David Stout and without question City Manager Mike Smith must get under the bucket,” Frank said.

 

Immediately after, two paramedics drenched him.

 

Instead of simply following a trend, Frank had a special person in mind when he took the challenge —— Jack Dixon. Jack is the husband of Cindy Dixon, FCH special events catering manager.

 

He was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, 2 years ago at the age of 53. The disease seemingly came out of nowhere when he realized something was wrong.


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To read the complete article, see the Sept. 2 edition of the Gazette-News.