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E. Texas business accepts ice bucket challenge to honor customers

General Manager Tim Baker during the ice bucket challenge. General Manager Tim Baker during the ice bucket challenge.
American Lift Aids employees preparing for ice bucket challenge. American Lift Aids employees preparing for ice bucket challenge.
ALS patient Paul Tilton waiting to watch the challenge ALS patient Paul Tilton waiting to watch the challenge
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

It's the challenge that's been seen and heard around the world and today one East Texas business joined in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Employees at American Lift Aids in Tyler say they work with ALS patients first hand and took on the challenge to help raise money and awareness for the cause.

Flips flops, board shorts and buckets of ice, are the normal dress code at American Lift Aids but Wednesday these employees were working to help their clients in a way they never had before.

"It was nice and cold. Being that it was hot outside, it definitely made it better,” said Tim Baker, General Manager, American Lift Aids

The group here today decided to take on the challenge on their own because they say they work with ALS patients all the time and they wanted to do their part.

"We actually just wanted to participate. We have a lot of customers that have ALS, so we wanted to support them," Baker said.

Customers like Paul Tilton who was diagnosed with the disease 16 years ago showed up for the event.

"He heard that there was going to be an ice poured on me, so he showed up pretty quick," Baker said.

"I didn't get close, I just cheered for them," Tilton said.

Tilton says he's been active his whole life and struggled with the initial diagnosis, but now makes the best of everyday.

"I've learned to live with it and make adjustments. I'm glad to see the attention that is being brought," Tilton said.

Tilton says he's seen the challenges on TV but had never seen one up close and he's grateful for their efforts and hopeful it will help bring change.

"I think the good thing to draw attention to something like ALS or any other disease. I trust and pray that they will find a cure and this will help find a cure. It's a wonderful thing that happened," Tilton said.

Along with accepting the challenge, American Lift Aids also donated money to the ALS Association.

Tyler Mayor Martin Heines has also accepted the ice bucket challenge. He will be doused with ice water by Tyler firefighters at city hall tomorrow at 5 p.m.

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