CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Less than 24 hours after he issued the Ice Bucket Challenge to two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning, the New York Giants football star accepted.
Manning’s personal response to Giants fan Steve Broas touched the Chesterfield father who had ALS.
Broas said he was “thrilled beyond belief” when he saw Manning’s video for the first time.
“The fact that Eli took time to take the challenge during a critical time for the Giants, says a lot about him,” Broas said.
Manning said seeing Steve in his Giants jersey really moved him as well.
“I wanted to help spread awareness about this disease and help find a cure,” Manning said in a statement. “He accepted the challenge and then challenged me, so I wanted to do it for him.”
The ALS Association Virginia Chapter said viral Ice Bucket Challenge videos have helped bring in millions of dollars in donation nationwide, but just as important helped raise awareness about the deadly disease.
“That is why this is so important, to bring awareness, to help find a cure and help get funding for research and care services that our local chapter is able to provide to our families” Tremetris Harrell, Director of Care Services, ALS Association of Va., said.
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“We are hoping that dad’s video keeps circulating because it is making an impact and it is telling more people about ALS,” Steve’s daughter Abby said.