Middlesex Middle School staffers recently joined the wave of national fundraising to benefit ALS research by getting drenched in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

In turn, they challenged the six other schools in the Darien school district, the central office staff and Board of Education members to do the same.

So far, the viral social media trend has brought in millions for research into ALS -- often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease -- which is a neurodegenerative disease that slowly destroys motor neurons in the body, leaving a person paralyzed, unable to speak, eat and sometimes breathe without assistance.

As of Monday, Sept. 8, the ALS Association has received $100.9 million in donations compared to $2.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to Aug. 29), according to the association's website.