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The Ice Bucket Challenge Actually Worked

It has been two summers since people poured buckets of cold water on themselves for social media glory and ALS.  While many curmudgeons at the time put it down as a stunt, calling it “slacktivism,” the Ice Bucket Challenge actually worked.

Increased awareness helped raise over $115 million for ALS research. The cause of the degenerative disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was unknown, but today they identified the most common gene that is connected to ALS, NEK1.

It’s difficult to explain exactly how this scientific discovery will help, so I’ll leave that to Ryan Lemond and The New York Times.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

1 Comment for The Ice Bucket Challenge Actually Worked

  1. KevinM
    8:07 pm July 27, 2016 Permalink

    Met Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter when he showed the effects of this horrible disease. Very real and very impactful to those who cross paths.

    Please help find a cure.