It's a sad day in Bikini Bottom — and here, too: Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of "SpongeBob Squarepants," has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.
In a statement Monday, the 55-year-old Hillenburg said that he would continue to work on the animated series "for a long as I am able."
"I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS," Hillenburg said. "Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on 'SpongeBob SquarePants' and my other passions for as long as I am able."
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Chris Pratt gets drenched with water while taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a fun twist in this awesome new video.
Guardians Of The Galaxy star and talented hair braider Chris Pratt got around to jumping on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon and filmed his own short clip.
Because he was nominated twice, Pratt decides to chug a little bottle of Blue Sky Vodka, and even ices himself by downing a Smirnoff Ice (ick).
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Gloriously drenched, Pratt challenges co-stars Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista, so the next few days could be pretty entertaining....
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Jimmy, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, The Roots and Steve Higgins accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Jimmy nominates the New York Jets.
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Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, Steve Higgins, The Roots, & Jimmy Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The challenge keeps going as one person participates, they call on someone else to get involved — passing it forward, on and on like a ice-cold chain letter. As such, some of music's biggest names have gotten involved, from Justin Timberlake to The Roots to Lil Wayne to Keith Urban and many others, filming them as we do so. Here, we choose our ten favorite musicians' Ice Bucket Challenges.
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Bill Gates accepts Mark Zuckerberg’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Elon Musk, Ryan Seacrest and Chris Anderson from TED to participate and raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Accepted @ryansecreast @taylorswift my whole team is donating! ☺ I nominate @caradelevigne @sukiwaterhouse @jamesfrancotv
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LeBron challenged his two sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, as well as President Barack Obama. You have 24 hours, Mr. President.
Obama was challenged last week by Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy. The White House announced that Obama declined to take the challenge, but would make a donation to an ALS charity. LeBron James accepts Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates President Obama to do the same Everybody's doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, including LeBron James.
The Cavaliers superstar took time out during his vacation in Greece to accept the challenge from Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, movie star Kevin Hart, former high school teammate Brandon Weems and Cavaliers DJ Steph Floss to pour a bucket of ice water over himself in the name of ALS research.
James then challenged President Barack Obama as well as his two sons, Bryce Maximum and LeBron Jr., to pour a bucket of ice over themselves or donate $100 to ALS research.
Obama, however, turned down a challenge from Ethel Kennedy earlier this week. The president said he would donate instead. Undeterred, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and Team USA Basketball issued subsequent challenges to Obama.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over social media the past few days, with members of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes also taking part. The campaign has raised more than $10 million so far, the ALS Association says. Watch: LeBron accepts ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, nominates Obama LeBron James is getting on board with the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ that’s making its rounds on social media.
The Ice Bucket Challenge asks people to dump a bucket of ice water on their head. If they don’t do it, they’re asked to contribute a $100 donation. Many who accept the challenge still make a donation.
James posted a video on his Instagram account of himself completing the challenge, on a boat with beautiful blue water in the background. He screamed and ran after the water was dumped on his head.
James challenged his two sons and President Barack Obama in return.
Obama has declined other challenges but said he will donate to charities for ALS.
The trend is to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gherig’s disease. It is believed to have started with a Massachusetts ALS patient on July 29. Since then, 71,000 new donors have given over $4 million to ALS.
Fox 8’s own morning show anchors accepted the challenge last week. To watch them complete their mission, click here.
'Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise money for ALS is sweeping the nation I'm on a boat: LeBron James takes Ice Bucket Challenge, turns challenge on sons and President Obama
Click here to make a donation or to learn more about the cause. AKRON, Ohio - It seems like everyone has done the Ice Bucket Challenge , a viral marketing and fundraising plan that supports ALS research. But two prominent names hadn't yet: LeBron James and President Barack Obama.
Well one has taken the challenge and is turning it on the other now.
Sunday morning, just before LeBron--on a boat, no less--was doused in ice water, he challenged his sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus... and the leader of the free world, President Obama.
Watch the video below or click here to see it on Instagram. VIDEO Lebron James’s Ice Bucket Challenge: NBA Star Joins ALS Fundraiser, Calls Out Barack Obama Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was called out by a slew of celebrities and athletes to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge, and he did just that Sunday.
James posted the clip to his Instagram account, with a huge bucket of ice water dumped on his head while he sat on the deck of boat. The viral fundraising effort started by the Pete Frates Foundation has helped raise millions for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, research. According to Time, since the challenge started more than 150,000 donations in excess of $5.5 million have been made.
A former Boston College baseball player, Frates was diagnosed
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Robbie Amell challenged me. I accepted. In less than two hours. While I was working. K. Nominated some dudes too...
YOO whatsup guys! this is my first upload on this channel.
I got nominated to do one of these challenges and at first I thought it was dumb, but then I realized that it was for a good cause.
Raising money for ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Today I gave 500$ to the research and I encourage you to give as well!
I nominate NAT WOLFF, JOHN GREEN, AND DYLAN O'BRIEN to do this!!!
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Conan gets soaked by gallons of ice-cold water all for charity. That's *for* charity, Conan.
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Mike McCready challenged all of Pearl Jam to the #IceBucketChallenge and Eddie Vedder accepted!
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Hillenburg continued, "My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time."
ALS causes the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles. There is no known cure for the disease.
In addition to launching the Nickelodeon series "SpongeBob SquarePants" in 1999, Hillenburg also directed 2004's "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie."