ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Time.com

Hallela Hinton-Williams

This summer one thing seemed to be universal, and that was the ice bucket challenge. The challenge consists of pouring a bucket of ice water over yourself then nominating three of your friends (or enemies) to do the same. Like most Internet trends, everybody got into it, from celebrities to the College of Saint Benedict’s girls soccer team. In fact, the ice bucket challenge originally started out as teenagers jumping into nearly frozen lakes. What is driving this craze? ALS- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Currently, the ALS foundation has raised $100 million. ”

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The progressive degeneration of the cells eventually leads to death. This disease is the charity behind the ice bucket challenge. Every time someone completes the challenge they are supposed to donate $10 to the cause. If they decide not to do it, then they are asked to donate $100. Currently, the ALS foundation has raised $100 million. With this money, the foundation can further their efforts to create a cure. No one really knows how the ice bucket challenge began but Peter Frates, an ALS patient, and former captain of the Boston College baseball team played a big part. Hopefully, the ice cubes poured down hundreds of backs were not in vain and this disease can become a winning battle.