ALS Ice bucket challenge is on the internet since few days. It is getting pretty popular among many people including social activists, super stars and philanthropists. Many people might think that this is just a popularity stunt. This is actually a good campaign that is creating a awareness and popularity. Hence many people are knowing about ALS. It is a disease to be exact.
Lets know about ALS first, it stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease due to famous baseball player. ALS Association is an research organization working on this disease. It is the same diseases that has infected our greatest mind of century, Stephen Hawking. This disease is a degenerative disease which affects nerve cells, spinal cord and finally motor neurons. This means at final stage the motor activities can stop.
At prior stage the movement of limbs, speech and other voluntary motions stop. In final stage involuntary motions such as breathing can stop. It can finally cause the death of the patient. It means the patient can be totally paralyzed. This disease has no cure till now and there is no known cause of this disease. Also there is no specific age group that it affects. It can happen to anyone. There is very small number of patients worldwide, about 2 out of 100000 are affected by this.
Ice Bucket Challenge and Reason
The ALS research program requires funding for the research. Although the disease is caused to small number of people, we need to find the cure and cause. It is a kind of stem cell research. As less people are affected by this, only few know about this deadly disease. So ALS Ice bucket challenge is actually an awareness raising campaign.
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In this challenge someone challenges you or nominates you. Then you have to pour a bucket of cold ice water and donate $10 to ALS or else you have to pay $100. As this is a donation actually so there is no limit of donation. People can always donate without pouring water. The main goal of Ice bucket challenge is to make it popular and viral. Challenging other people grows the awareness.
If you want to donate you can always go to their site. Due to this current challenge ALS research has gained $100 million donation. More than 3 million have donated money and it is still growing.This campaign is really good that is creating good awareness. Some people might complain that this is a waste of water but it is for a cause to save lives. This one bucket of water will create a big awareness and help to collect money for good deed that is research.