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Ice bucket challenge a perfect summer charity

I am amazed at the many insightful ways Montrealers are raising money for charities. The biggest fundraiser which has swept over Montreal this week is the bucket challenge.

Ice bucket challenge
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The ice bucket challenge is an online event to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. You can see the video here:

The way the ice bucket challenge works is that you have someone pour a cold bucket of water full of ice on top of you and then you make a donation to the ALS Society of Quebec or your local ALS society.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a “non-contagious disease that affects approximately 3,000 Canadians. ALS Canada says two out of 100,000 people aged 18 and older are diagnosed each year. Some cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)are hereditary – about 10 per cent – where those affected have a particular gene that leads to the disease.”

However, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can affect anyone. Unfortunately there is no known cause nor cure at this time. At the moment a treatment for ALS has not been developed so there is no medication to slow down the symptoms of this disease.

Scientists are steadily working on finding a cure but not all the pieces of the puzzle has been discovered yet making it harder to combat the disease.

Symptoms of ALS

The symptoms of the disease are sometimes mistaken for signs of aging. They include: numbness of the limbs, weakness, tripping, or progressive muscle cramps.

Brain signals to the muscles slow down or become faulty and the the body gradually loses it mobility. There is also loss of speech and then eventual death caused by the inability to breathe.

“The cognitive changes might include “apathy, restlessness, mood swings, loss of reasoning or problem-solving ability,”

According to the ALS Society of Canada.the diagnosic tests to determine ALS, including electromyography tests, blood tests, and MRIs.”

The ice bucket challenge in Montreal s raising much more money than it did the year before. Montrealers are coming out and really showing support for research for this terrible disease. The ice bucket challenge is not exclusive to Montreal; it is popular all over the USA and Canada and the Ice bucket challenge has been popular among celebrities.

People who take on the ice bucket challenge are nominated. You see when you do the ice bucket challenge, you donate money for research; but, you also continue the challenge by challenging other people. The ice bucket challenge has raised millions of dollars for research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Once diagnosed, the fatal disease works fast leaving the patients three to five years to live (on average). The ice bucket challenge has raised awareness of the disease and given hope to people suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).