ALS volunteer takes Ice Bucket Challenge in Boston — with baked beans

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Ice Bucket Challenge is back and an ALS volunteer had baked beans poured on him Wednesday as part of a special challenge.

Larry Kaplan has made it his goal to do the Ice Bucket Challenge in all 50 states over 30 days, his “50-in-30” challenge. Kaplan has added a special twist to his challenge; instead of ice, he is pouring something special to each state over his head. In New Jersey, it was blueberries. In Delaware, watermelon.

Kaplan has made it to New England, where he poured coffee milk over his head in Rhode Island and nutmeg in Connecticut. Massachusetts was next on his list so he got baked beans dumped on him at Durgin Park in Faneuil Hall. His next stop is New Hampshire, where it will be New England clam chowder. He said he will be doing orange juice in Florida and chili in Texas.

“I took off one month from my business and one month from my wife and children. I’m going to inconvenience myself for a month and then I’ll go back to my normal life,” said Kaplan. “If you have ALS, you wake up one day and you don’t get to go back to your normal life. That change is permanent.”

The Ice Bucket Challenge got its start in Massachusetts by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who has ALS. Since then, it has taken off and raised millions of dollars for ALS research.

Kaplan said he hopes to raise $100,000 for ALS research with his challenge.

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