Everyone’s doing it!
By now, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been all over the news. You’ve probably heard of all kinds of celebrities dumping ice over their heads to raise awareness for ALS and money for ALS research. We rounded up some key facts and a few videos of our favorite celebrities taking part in this challenge.
What is ALS?
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It’s often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. These nerve cells allow the brain to control muscle movements. In this disease, progressive degeneration of these cells causes paralysis and eventually, death. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and only one treatment that slows progression.
How much money has been raised so far?
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success. The ALS Association has raised over $70 million dollars this year! That’s huge on its own, but even more so in comparison to last year’s campaign, which raised $2.5 million. The donations will be used to fund research for treatments and a cure as well as provide support to people with the disease. With so many celebrities taking part, the Challenge has been successful in raising public awareness about ALS. Before this, only half of Americans were aware of the disease.
Watch our favorite celebs take the challenge in these 1 minute videos
Oprah shrieks with coldness
Ian McKellen jumps up and down and gives a thumbs up
Chris Evert’s brother and son do the honors while tennis academy students make sure it’s done right
By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: Ian McKellan / Keith Stern