ALS Disease behind ALS Ice bucket Challenge

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ALS Disease behind ALS Ice bucket Challenge

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The ALS Ice bucket challenge has become quite a rage, as I had mentioned in my previous post, with celebs taking active part in it. It has become a viral internet sensation now. The main aim of this challenge is to increase the awareness of a disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

Riteish deshmukh ice bucket challenge

How did this challenge begin?

This challenge began on 15th of July when a golfer from Florida, Charles Kennedy was nominated to do an ice bucket challenge. At that point of time, the ice bucket challenge was not linked to any charity but Charles Kennedy made up his mind that the money raised by the challenge should go to ALS association as his cousin was suffering from the disease. He nominated his cousin’s wife to take up the challenge and also urge others to do the same. In that direction the campaign reached Mr. Pete Frates who also suffers from ALS. He has made it go viral with the help of his friend Corey Griffin.

The co-founder/supporter of ALS Ice bucket Challenge

Corey Griffin was the co-founder of the much in news ALS bucket challenge. He started this with Pete Frates who also suffers from ALS.

Griffin was a philanthropist. Unfortunately the 27 year old passed away on the 16th of August in a diving accident. The ice bucket challenge in which he had put in his efforts is one of the most talked about thing today!!! With Hollywood stars perching in, the ALS association has been able to raise millions of dollars in a short span of time. He had been in the process of planning ways to raise more funds. Griffin has helped in raising $100,000 for his dear friend Pete Frates.

What is ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease?

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a serious disease of the nervous system in which the motor neurons present in both the brain and the spinal cord are affected. The function of the motor neurons is to carry signals from the brain to the spinal cord and then from the spinal cord to the body’s muscles. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease in which a person loses muscle control that includes the ability to speak, eat and even breathe! The disease starts affecting all the parts of the body and ends in the complete loss of muscle movement and coordination. After being diagnosed with this disease a person’s life expectancy is just 2 to 5 years. Treatment can help in extending a person’s life just by a few months.

The disease is not very common but each year around 5,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. It strikes a person above the age of 40 and it generally affects men than women.

Every year 5000 to 6000 people in the US die of this disease. The cause of the disease is not known. In 5 to 10% of the cases, heredity plays role. Even environment factors are speculated as a possible reason. Though it is not proven, certain evidence say that ALS may be triggered by exposure to fertilizers, heavy metals and animal skin.

Hope you found this post on ALS Ice bucket Challenge And ALS Disease useful!!!

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