Cellucci Family Takes Part in Ice Bucket Challenge

Family of former Mass. Governor Paul Cellucci hopes to raise ALS awareness

We've all seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos swirling around social media and have gotten some good laughs watching family, friends, strangers and celebrities endure a freezing cold bucket of ice water dumped on their heads.

But for the Adams Family, this is much more than just a viral video.

In the video, Craig Adams said, "Today we're doing it in honor of my father-in-law Governor Paul Cellucci."

The late Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci died of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, last year.

His daughter Anne, her husband Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams, two of their kids and their nephew took the challenge.

"I thought it was going to be colder like ahhh but it was actually fun, I want to do it again," said Cellucci's Granddaughter Frankie Adams.

Both members of Grampie's Team, five-year-old Frankie and seven-year-old Rhys explain better than anyone why the Ice Bucket Challenge is more than just a silly dare.

"Because it makes awareness for ALS, because if you're doing this huge thing it's crazy, why would you dump a bucket of ice water on your head people will notice that it's good to raise money for ALS," said Cellucci's grandson Rhys Adams.

Governor Cellucci's widow Jan cannot believe how this has taken off.

"The amount of awareness has just grown exponentially, and the most important part though is the fund-raising," said Jan Cellucci.

So Craig didn't hesitate to challenge some of his high profile teammates like Sydney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

"When they took the challenge, people want to see those videos so it's a fun way to raise awareness and just lucky to be in a position to get those guys to do it," said Craig Adams.

Anne says her father would have been thrilled to see this movement.

"He would absolutely love it, absolutely love it," said Anne, "I'm sure he's smiling watching all this."

Ryhs added, "Because the more money you raise they actually somehow turn it into research and then use it to find a cure!"

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