Freeze Out ALS
The ice bucket challenge is simply a challenge where you dump a bucket of cold water over the top of your head. Why? It’s to raise awareness for the disease ALS. Amyotrophic Literal Sclerosis often referred to, as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” is a disease where the body eats away the nourishment that the muscles need. As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in muscle movement.
Approximately 5,600 people are diagnosed with ALS a year. For those people, the ALS Association has raised over 40 million dollars, and that sum is still climbing.
“It was freezing,” junior Meleza SaenzPardo said, “but I felt great afterwards, because it was all for a good cause.”
So many people have done the challenge; you’re almost out of place if you don’t.
“I really didn’t want to do it at first,” senior Elisha Schafer said. “But after watching my friends do it, I thought why not?”
Celebrities have also done the ice bucket challenge. Emma Stone, The crew of Flume, Ben Affleck, Jimmy Kimmel, Dillon Francis, Vin Diesel, Adam Sandler, Lil Wayne, and many more.
“It was beyond cold,” sophomore Jacob Fish said. “I’m glad it was a hot day though. I dried off fast.”
Even teachers have done the challenge, sometimes nominating each other.
“It was fun,” said school nurse Jenny Himes. “Mrs. Carter actually nominated me.”
The ALS ice bucket challenge has been one of the most influential challenges of our time, helping raise an astronomical amount of money. Even though dumping a bucket of ice water on your head doesn’t sound exactly tempting, remember, it’s for a good cause.