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Rona Ambrose, ALS Canada's Tammy Moore give Ice Bucket Challenge results

11/19/2014 09:48 EST | Updated 01/19/2015 05:59 EST
Health Minister Rona Ambrose and ALS Canada CEO Tammy Moore are holding a news conference today in Ottawa to reveal how much money was raised in Canada through last summer's Ice Bucket Challenge.

The news conference starts at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Ambrose and Moore are also expected to outline how the funds raised from the viral videos will be spent, and a new funding and research agreement with Brain Canada.

Ambrose was one of the many politicians across Canada who endured a bucket of icy cold water over their heads as part of an online campaign to raise awareness and research funds.

Other politicians — including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was nominated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, among others — declined the cold shower but cut a cheque to the charity instead.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, named after the late New York Yankees ballplayer. It's a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain's nerve cells and the spinal cord. 

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