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Stephen Hawking takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by proxy

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, of which ALS is a form, in 1963 and was given two years to live. He is now 72 years old.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   Aug. 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

LONDON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and had his children step in to help.

He said he was happy to accept the challenge but as he had pneumonia last year, "it would not be wise" to have a bucket of cold water dumped on his head. His children, Robert, Lucy and Tim stepped up to take the challenge for their father.

Hawking encouraged others to donate to the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) to fund research into the different kinds of motor neuron disease, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 1963 and was given two years to live. He is now 72 years old.

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