Partner Bob Shemwell takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
Today Bob took on the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS Association!
Some quick info on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge….
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 the ALS.
So why are they doing it?
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. 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.
What is ALS?
ALS is a fatal disease where people lose muscle control, including the ability to speak, eat or even breathe. Life expectancy after being diagnosed is between 2-5 years and current treatment can only extend it by a few months.
How did it start?
The ALS Association credits Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player for making the challenge popular. He’s been living with the disease since 2012, and it has become a phenomenon since Frates took the challenge at the end of last month.
Has it helped raise awareness?
The ALS Association has already received over $4 million in donations between July 29th and 12th August which suggests that people are definitely aware about the condition. Read more about ALS – causes, diagnosis, symptoms and diagnosis