“You have 24 hours.”
These daunting words precede what may seem a painful endeavor for social media users nominated to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but for the Maddox family, ALS is more than a quick dip in ice water or a generous donation.
Steve Maddox, former owner of Maddox Ranch House in Perry, Utah, died as a result of ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, last October after a painful and degenerative diagnosis the previous May.
In April 2013, Maddox was filling out his income tax returns when he noticed it was challenging for him to hold his pen tight enough to write his name.
On May 1, the bad news was delivered.