It is not uncommon to hear health professionals recommend more water for better health. But typically when you hear about the importance of getting plenty of water, the advice is for drinking the water. A trend now sweeping the country involves not drinking the water, but having ice water dumped on a person to help do fight against disease.
The trend, started months ago, involves willingly having a bucket of ice water dumped over one’s head in order to raise money and awareness for various charitable causes. The ice bucket campaign to help fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has propelled the campaign to new heights. Peter Frates, a 29-year-old former college baseball player who himself suffers from ALS, started along with his family ice bucket campaign in Boston recently. Social media is now filled with pictures of everyone from local firefighters to celebrities like Michael Strahan completing the challenge.
Once a person has completed the challenge, he or she nominates another friend to complete the challenge as well. If someone chooses to pass on the challenge, he or she is encouraged to make a donation of 100 dollars to the ALS Association. Video links of people completing the challenge also have links for friends and family to donate to the association. Donations to the ALS Association are up over ten times compared to what they were this time last year.
Each year over 5,600 people in the United States alone are diagnosed with ALS, making it one of the most common neuromuscular diseases in the entire world. As the disease progresses it leaves people completely paralyzed, ultimately resulting in death. As of now, there is no cure, but the hope is that every dollar towards research, and thus perhaps every bucket of ice water, will help bring a cure a little bit closer.