The purpose of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is to spread Awareness and collect Donations about the Disease.
I’m proud to finally have gotten involved in the Challenge, however I realized while thousands of internet users are soaking themselves in ice water, how many of them even know what ALS is?
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,”
- It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
- Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.
- When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.
- Patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
- The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death.
- Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS — more than 5,600 people per year.
- As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS.
- Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people.
- The Life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about 2 to 5 years after diagnosis.
- ALS can strike anyone
- Thanks to progression and understanding of ALS, up to 10% of Individuals with the disease survive 10+ years. 5% will live 20 years.
I challenge Everyone to include at least one fact about ALS when it’s your turn to take the Ice Bucket Challenge!
If you have taken the challenge, we wanna see your videos! Leave the link in a comment!
PS. Shout out to anyone getting creative ESPECIALLY if you can find alternative water source! I didn’t have time to think of a crafty less-wasteful means of taking the challenge. BUT massive props if you do!