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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a worldwide sensation. Celebrities, adults and even children are taking part in the worthwhile cause.

ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The challenge has spiked awareness of the disease while raising millions for the ALS association and will fund future research and treatments for those battling with the disease.

During the period from July 29 to Aug. 21 participants raised $41.8 million for the ALS association — an astounding amount in a short period of time.

The Ice Bucket Challenge gives people more than a cold shower. It is proof that if everyone joins together, regardless of race, creed, gender or religion, the seemingly impossible can be done.

The Internet, ice and water have provided a global connection between countries, cities and towns. People can share their videos and nominate friends and family, despite the thousands of miles between them.

There are so many more diseases people in our communities live with everyday such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. There are so many more that not only need the funds for research, but for medication and travel to and from the doctor.

Just as important as research is tolerance and patience for others illnesses. The awareness the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised for ALS is mind blowing.

The Ice Bucket Challenge will live on and it will keep making people cold and wet. Maybe, just maybe the next time you will see an ice bucket challenge for MS. One thing to remember is whatever the cause, please donate.

 

—   Christy Boyd

Reporter/photographer

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