Due to shortage of water in Lebanon, we apologize for not being able to be part of the ice-bucket challenge, except for few rich people who have done, as they are able to afford to throw away expensive water.. LOL
The ability to walk is something you never really think about until it’s gone. One foot falls in front of the other, and suddenly you’re there. You just take it for granted as one of life’s givens. Much like your ability to hold a small child in your arms or reach out and take a loved one by the hand.
The ALS association in USA defines it as following: ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought international attention to the disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
To raise awareness about the ALS, a new phenomenon has hit the social media circuit – the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Well the challenge involves pouring a bucket a bucket of cold ice water over their heads to raise awareness and fight ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The challenge is simple, pour ice-cold water over your head and then challenge someone else to do it. Don’t forget to post the video on social media. Then the person challenged has to do so within 24 hours or donate $100 to fight ALS. Even if a person completes the challenge, they’re welcome to donate the money.
Steven Spielberg, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Bill Gates are among many celebrities pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and donating to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. This phenomenon got not only viral, but also presidential, as former American president George W Bush had his wife pour an ice bucket over his head. Ethel Kennedy, the 86-year-old widow of senator Robert Kennedy, doused herself and challenged President Barack Obama to do the same. The world’s most powerful man declined but promised a donation, according to the White House.
The American Pete Frates, along with his family, helped to make the “Ice Bucket Challenge” go viral on the social sites Facebook and Twitter. Frates, 29, has lived with ALS since 2012, and he has worked with The ALS Association’s. A former college athlete with Boston College Baseball, Frates tirelessly spreads awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The Ice Bucket Challenge saw people donate $7.3 overnight and total donations has reached a total of $22.9 million, 12 times the amount raised last year according to ALS association.