Brownsville ISD board members do ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of student

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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 7:50am

Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya and several school board members did the ice bucket challenge in honor of a 14 year old B-I-S-D student, NewsCenter 23's Na'tassia Finley has more on Oliveira middle school student Joseph Garza's story.

They're doing it for him, 14 year old Oliveira middle school student Joseph Garza, as students return to classes in just days, he will not, instead he remains under intense care in a Houston children's hospital.

Dr. Carl Montoya, BISD Superintendent, "It's unfortunate, because now he is literally hospitalized, paralyzed."

The family says the nuero-degenerative disease struck the teen about a year ago and and has been progressing rapidly since then.

Monica De La Garza, Joseph's Aunt, "He can't move, so he needs help, ya know, moving and he communicates with his eyes."

ALS, also known as Lou Gherig's disease, typically affects older men. Garza is actually the only child in the State of Texas suffering from the disease.

Dr. Carl Montoya, "For us this is something special to hopefully help him, but it's going to bring awareness to a lot of people as to what this is about and hopefully raise some money to help."

Dr. Montoya has challenged T-S-C president Doctor Lily Tercero. She has 24 hours to complete the challenge and or make a donation.

Reporting from Brownsville, Na'tassia Finley, KVEO-News Center 23.

 

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