Saturday, 23 August 2014

A-Z Of Summer - T is for The Ice Bucket Challenge.

Lets face it, The ice bucket challenge is EVERYWHERE this summer and all kinds of people are doing it. But what is it for? how many of us really know?

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. In UK we call in Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
How did it become an internet sensation?

After watching his friend Peter Frates struggle with ALS, Corey Griffin, 27, had helped The Ice Bucket campaign become an internet sensation. He was the driving force behind it and sadly died a few days ago in a tragic accident so he will never see the extent of the good he has done.

So what do you do?

Within 24 hours of being challenged, participants have to record a video of themselves in continuous footage. First, they are to announce their acceptance of the challenge followed by pouring ice into a bucket of water. Then, the bucket is to be lifted and poured over the participant's head. Then the participant can call out a challenge to other people. Dont forget to film this and dont forget the ice, afterwards you donate to ALS
 or MND

We did the Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday and split our donation between the two charities

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