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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
August 22 10:41 AM

The ALS ice bucket challenge has taken over your newsfeeds, spreading awareness about a scary disease and raising millions of dollars towards research to find treatments and cures. 

Almost 30,000 Americans are affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous MLB Yankees first baseman who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939.  ALS attacks the nervous system, ultimately leaving those with the disease paralyzed with loss of speech all while their minds are still intact. 

The ice bucket advocacy trend has made its way to many famous celebrities including pro athletes, singers, actors and politicians as well as to us “common” individuals and organizations.  I’m sure most of you reading this have accepted the challenge and continued the advocacy trend of the ALS ice bucket challenge.  Well, if you’ve wondered if dumping a bucket of ice water over your head would ever help those affected by ALS and their families – it certainly does! Over $40 million dollars have been raised since the trend started in late July and now numerous individuals are aware of the disease and the harmful, painful effects it has on those diagnosed.  All those ALS ice bucket challenge videos that are filling your Facebook newsfeed are making a difference!

This week, the Omaha Children’s Museum was challenge by the Strategic Air and Space Museum to the ALS ice bucket challenge.  Of course, we wanted to do our part in raising awareness for this disease and contribute financially.  With the help of the museum princess, we were able to get numerous staff members to bravely volunteer to accept the challenge and donate to the ALS Association.  We encourage all of you, if you haven’t already, to grab a bucket, pot, trash can, cooler … anything, fill it with ice and water, dump it over your head AND contribute to the cause.  You have 24 hours. Good luck!

 

If you’d like to donate to the ALS Association, follow this link: http://www.alsa.org/

 

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