by Vaisha Nair
Did you know that approximately 5,600 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS each year? ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It is also often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” after the famous baseball player Lou Gehrig, who publicly revealed his diagnosis in 1939. According to The New York Times, people mentioned the phenomenon more than 2.2 million times on Twitter from June to August and shared more than 1.2 million videos on Facebook during these months. With the ice bucket challenge becoming so “cold,” Mashable, a British-American news website, called the phenomenon “the Harlem Shake of the summer.”
Have you been nominated to do the ALS ice bucket challenge yet? If not, now is the time. The ice bucket challenge has already raised 22.9 million dollars and is growing exponentially as we speak. Numerous celebrities, including Tom Cruise, LeBron James, and Selena Gomez, have already conquered this challenge. “It’s a really fun way to raise money and awareness for the ALS association,” says eighth grader Nita Kulkarni.
Even though the challenge era is over, if more people participate, this issue will continue to gain awareness and funds towards research will continue to be raised. Many people have had a lot of fun doing this. I encourage you to nominate your friends and participate too.
Check out these chilling videos of celebrities drenching themselves!!!