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Aug 20 2014
Can Nelson Mandela help your next #IceBucketChallenge?

The simple answer. Yes.. He can with one simple quote.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

The #IceBucketChallenge has emerged as a viral phenomenon taking social media by storm raising huge sums of money for the ALS Association all while attempting to raise awareness for the incurable disease, ALS.  Clearly, the ALS Association will stand to benefit from the $41.8 million dollars in donations its received from both existing donors and 725,000+ new donors as of Thursday, August 21st.  The question remains…  Has awareness surrounding Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis increased anymore than it had prior to the #IceBucketChallenge taking off. While that’s out for debate. We took a few minutes to visit the ALS Association website and pulled a few facts that you can use in your next #IceBucketChallenge to educate friends and family. 

  • ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot
  • In 1939 Lou Gehrig brought ALS its first form of national and international attention
  • ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • It’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord
  • There is not a cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS
  • Riluzole, only FDA approved drug, that modestly slows the progression of ALS
  • ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70

To learn more about ALS visit ALSA.org

About The ALS Association

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.


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