August 14, 2014

#strikeoutALS

I'm sure if you all have been on any form of social media lately (mostly Facebook) then you have probably seen all the videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads.  The reason for this is to raise money for ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease).  ALS is a "progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord." 


The Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been flowing around the web for a few months now is now being associated with this disease.  The campaign started from a Boston College Alum, Pete Frates.  Frates was a baseball player at BC who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012.  He nominated himself to participate in this challenge because ice water and ALS do not go hand in hand.  He then nominated a bunch of other people to participate in the challenge.

Being a current student at BC I have watched this thing grow pretty quickly.  From what first started out as just people from BC doing the challenge, to other friends, and now celebrities doing the challenge it is crazy how fast it has spread.  In this 2 week period in 2013, the ALS foundation raised about $27,000 where as in 2014 they have raised approximately $1.5 million.  This is incredible!  If none of you have done this challenge yet I nominate you to do so because it is for an amazing cause.  Please help spread awareness for this disease and donate to ALS.

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