I was challenged by my friend to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrigâ€™s Disease).
Just what is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 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. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Please read up more on this very serious disease and donâ€™t forget to **DONATEÂ **at http://www.als.org
Whereâ€™d this Ice Bucket Challenge come from?
Originally, the Ice Bucket Challenge had nothing to do with ALS. Rather, it began in a small circle of professional athletes that had challenged each other to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and those that didnâ€™t do it in time had to donate $50 (or $100) to a charity of the Challengerâ€™s choice.
The Challenge kept spreading until it finally was changed and someone started saying that it was specifically for ALS. As a result, itâ€™s now the way it is today, as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.