As ALS progresses the ability for the brain to initiate motor functions becomes more and more difficult, and eventually can lead a person with the disease to become paralyzed and forever have to live via a ventilator.
For a complete understanding of the disease, please see the ALS main page located here:
What is ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)?
There exists some experimental drugs, which do hold promise of potentially working. But as of now, they only slow the onset of the disease and extend the life of the patient by 2-3 months. There is no cure and is 100 percent fatal.
Now, let's talk about the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge (#IceBucketChallenge #StrikeOutALS). First, here is what the challenge is: What is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
Here's some facts:
- Last year between July 29th and August 14th, the ALS Association, along with its 38 chapters received $1.4 million dollars in donations.
- This year, during the same about of time, they have raised an astonishing $7.6 million dollars in donations! And it's largely due to the social media campaign, that went viral across the internet, to bring awareness of the disease and what it is about. They have gained over 70,000 new donors over this period of time to help the cause.
And since I nominated six people, I donated $60 to the ALS Association!