MONTROSE — Before Sarah Snee dumped a bucket of ice water on her head, she cried a river of tears watching her mother, Cindy Conaty of Brackey, lose her life to ALS in 2010.
“When you are diagnosed with ALS, there is no next step. It is, ‘Let’s wait until it affects your body and your heart stops beating,’” Snee said.
Snee wondered if someday ALS would claim her own life, if her daughters would someday watch her lose her ability to move and speak.
“It’s scary that one day it could be me,” she said.
Snee’s family started doing anything they could to raise money for research: chicken barbeques, walks, selling t-shirts.
Snee’s brother, Susquehanna County District Attorney Jason Legg, remembers that it wasn’t always easy getting people to support ALS research.
“The hope is that no other family will have to go through what we went through,” said Legg.
But suddenly this summer, a container of ice water made caring about ALS “cool.” People started grabbing buckets and hoses, then posting their videos online.
When Snee asked her coworkers to join her at the Montrose Fire Hall, they didn’t let her down. Almost two dozen county workers raised more than $2,000 in less than two weeks.
Lead by Snee, they accepted their Ice Bucket Challenge live on Newswatch 16.
The workers want to keep the enthusiasm for curing ALS going. They are challenging the workers of Wyoming County to take the challenge next.