Seanna Brandmeir via Crowdrise
August 26, 2014
BENEFITING: The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter
Many of you have probably seen the videos of people dumping ice water on their heads to raise money and awareness for ALS also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which is also referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken off! The ALS Association has seen more awareness and donations than ever before. http://www.alsa.org/news/archive/als-ice-bucket-challenge.html
My boss challenged me that if I could raise at least $100 for ALS, she would take the Ice Bucket Challenge! For those that know Debby, I think this is a great opportunity to join the Ice Bucket Challenge and see if we can see her voluntarily dump ice water on her head!
I selected the ALS Association's Tennessee Chapter as the charity.
For more information about ALS visit http://www.alsa.org/. Here are some facts and statistics:
· ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70
· As many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time
· It is 100 percent fatal
· About twenty percent of people with ALS live five years or more and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years and five percent will live 20 years
· The onset of ALS is insidious with muscle weakness or stiffness as early symptoms. Progression of weakness, wasting and paralysis of the muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as those that control vital functions such as speech, swallowing and later breathing generally follows.