Tag: Ice Bucket Challenge
Unless you live under a rock (or aren’t on Facebook or Twitter), you’ve probably heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Yes, all those people bombing your newsfeed by posting videos of themselves getting a bucket of ice water dumped on them are actually doing it for a specific charitable and good cause.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a gradual neurodegenerative disease that affects brain and spinal cord nerve cells. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons from the brain to the spinal cord and the spinal cord to the body’s muscles ultimately lead to the neurons dying.
The ice bucket challenge continues but there are many asking what it is all for. The challenge is now reaching other parts of the world, and many have not been fully clued into the reason behind it. Many on Facebook are questioning the mentality of those throwing buckets of ice water over their heads.
While there are now many charities claiming they started it, the ALS Association officially encouraged people to donate money after throwing buckets of ice water over their heads. The water temporarily affects the body’s muscles and nervous system, making it difficult to move limbs and even breathe. These are some of the symptoms that ALS sufferers have, but for the long-term.