It's not everyday that I come online to write about an important cause. But since hearing that a lot of people are taking part in the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge but not actually making a donation or being fully aware of what they are doing, I felt that it is important to have at least a very basic understanding of what all of this is about. So I took to the internet to do some research of my own and this is what I have found.....
ALS (Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis), also know as Lou Gehrig's Disease is a progressive degenerative motor neuron disease. Motor neurons in the brain are affected and this has an impact on the spinal cord which in turn affects the muscles. This results in people experiencing muscle spasticity. They may experience trouble swallowing, speaking and even breathing. In the later stages of the disease patients may become paralysed. On average people live 39 months from the onset of the condition.
The Ice Water Bucket Challenge was founded by Corey Griffin, who has sadly passed away after a drowning accident in August. Griffin came up with the idea to raise funds when his friend, Pete Frates was diagnosed with the condition. The intention was to bring about an awareness of the condition and increase funds so that more research can be done. The rule of the game is simple; a person is nominated to pour ice cold water over his/her head, then select three of their friends to do the same and upload a video. Participants are also required to make a donation.
It has been reported that donations have been made by less than half of those who took part in the challenge. Despite this, the ALS Association has reportedly received a whooping $94.3 million (£57 million) and counting since July. This is a massive increase from a year ago, where they only recieved $2.7 million (£1.6 million). Donations recieved will be go towards further research and to educate people further of this condition.
I you are from the States and you would like to make a donation, please click here. If you are from here, the UK and would like to make a donation, please click here.
If you would like to see me get drenched for charity, then please click below: