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Council Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in Honor of Former Member with ALS

BELTON, TX (KXXV) - The Belton City council and the mayor braved the cold on Monday for a good cause.

They took the ice bucket challenge, a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, or Lou Gerhrig’s disease.

In Belton, the chilly challenge was in memory of former council member Clifton Peters. He lost his battle to ALS in April.

He retired from the council in 2012 after he was diagnosed with ALS. He served in the council for 12 years.

Mayor Marion Grayson said the Killeen mayor Scott Cosper challenged her to do it. However, on Monday most of the council members joined in.

"To lose him the way we did was very tragic, very heartbreaking to all of us. When the ice bucket challenge came, this is to bring ALS to the forefront, to put a face to it,” said Grayson. “We decided this couldn't be done with all of us getting involved.”

Charla Peters, Clifton’s widow, helped poured the buckets of ice water to the council members.

"My family is honored that they would do this on his behalf. He loved this town. He worked very diligently for this community,” said Peters.

She said she is grateful that they are bringing awareness to the disease.

Council members and Peters’ family and friends will donate to the ALS Association Texas chapter.

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