Kelly Rulison Staff Writer
The simplicity of the Ice Bucket Challenge has gathered the attention of small town folks along with famous icons Charlie Sheen, Katy Perry, and former president George Bush, as well as many others.
The objective of this challenge is to raise money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.
“There is no cure or treatment that halts or reverses ALS. There are options for affected individuals to help manage their symptoms. I would encourage anyone diagnosed with ALS to stay positive and obtain as much information as possible. The ALS association is a terrific source. Their website is www.alsa.org. Half of all people affected with ALS live at least three or more years after diagnosis and up to 10% live more than 10 years.” Lewis and Clark nurse, Sheri Banovic said
The challenge starts by someone being nominated, though that is not required. They have 24 hours to respond by either accepting the ice bucket challenge and having ice water dumped on them and donating $10 to the project.
The nominee can reject the challenge and have to pay $100. When a person has been nominated, they, in return, nominate two or three other people who haven’t done the challenge.
Lewis and Clark recently had an ALS ice bucket challenge. Ron Dublo, Academic Computing Immediate Supervisor, and student Paula Hinkson completed the challenge together.
“I’m always up for anything to support my school and department and compound that with the wonderful cause of raising money for ALS, it was a no brainer,” said student worker and web design major, Paula Hinkson.
The ALS association has committed $99 million to find effective treatments and a cure for ALS. It is also a great place to go for the latest information being discovered by scientists.
The ALS website also talks about the research that is being done with the donated money. Ice bucket donations have continued to rise to $94.3 million since July 29.
Visit the ALS association’s website, www.alsa.org for more information and support.