Bakersfield ALS patient speaks on what the ice bucket challenge means to her

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - By now almost everyone has heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge. 

Geneva Woertz, who lives in Bakersfield, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a little over a year ago. 

Since her diagnosis Woertz has lost all of the muscles in her throat which makes it impossible for her to speak, eat or swallow. 

"You could say each day is a new day and we handle it," Woertz said.

Woertz uses an Ipad speaking device to communicate with her family. 

For her husband, Larry Woertz, watching his wife's muscles begin to deteriorate has been life changing. 

"She could feed herself but I would cut it up, then she couldn't feed herself and I would feed her and then all of a sudden it gets down to where your eating apple sauce," Larry said. 

The Woertz took the Ice Bucket Challenge to honor Gevena and her fight with ALS, Saturday. 

"She took care of me and now it's my turn to take care of her," Larry said. 

The family believes although some people may be taking on the challenge for fame, overall, the cause is worth it. 

As of Sunday morning the ALS association raised $70.2 million dollars for the disease. 

On September 4, Geneva Woertz passed away after suffering from ALS for more than a year.

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