How the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is making a HUGE difference
You would have to be without internet and television in order to miss the trending ALS #icebucketchallenge that has been going viral lately. Some large names have taken part – Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and many more. It’s actually very impressive. What’s more impressive is the millions of dollars in donations that the challenge has garnered. It all started with Pete Frate’s former Captain of the Boston College baseball team and professional baseball player. He was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012, at the age of 27.
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Sufferers of ALS experience the steady paralysis of all muscles until finally only their eyes and brain are able to function.
I came across this very enlightening article from Bo Stern. She is both a wife to a man she loves that suffers from ALS and the author of many books on the subject. I encourage anyone who would like to learn a bit more about the disease and see the effects the #icebucketchallenge is having on an ALS Family to give it a read.
Also, if you’d like to help the cause – Charlottetown has an annual “Walk for ALS” in Victoria Park. You can visit www.walkforals.ca to learn more about how you can make a difference close to home or donate to ALS Canada.
Thank you for making a difference!