With over $4 million dollars raised to date, in comparison to last year's $1.1 million dollar mark, this year's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been an absolute success.
In addition to raising funds for the ALS Research Foundation, awareness has been raised regarding the disease itself. ALS, also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or "Lou Gehrigs' Disease," is a fatal condition that millions of people were completely unaware of until this year's fundraising event.
By raising awareness about the disease itself, in addition to funding for research, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seems to be not only working - but creating a landslide effect that is sweeping the nation. Thanks to celebrities such as Conan O'Brien, Jennifer Lopez, Gayle King, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, Ben Affleck, and even Jennifer Garner - this year's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached hundreds of millions of viewers within the mainstream media - both online and on TV.
The history of ALS extends far and wide, dating back to Lou Gehrig, whom the disease was named after. In 2014, we still have patients suffering from a disease that scientists and physicians still know very little about. This year's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hopes to change and define the very meaning of research into this debilitating disease.
We can only hope for an end to this disorder, and by raising awareness and funding for research - we hope to see it rather soon. With the added twist of humor via the "cold bucket of water on the head," we can get a short laugh and an easy grin out of watching our own favorite stars squirm under the freezing water as an ice-cold water bucket slowly drenches their face.
The meaning behind it is the fact of the matter. We all enjoy laughing, we all enjoy watching people enjoy themselves. When we put an end to diseases such as ALS, we are able to do just that - watch everyone live a comfortable, disease-free, and desirable lifestyle that every human deserves.
Currently, there is only one medication on the market that is designed to treat ALS. Unfortunately, this medication is not a cure, and is designed to only sustain the life of the patient for up to three additional months by slowing the progression of the disease.
Thanks to the ALS and their research, we hope to soon see a cure for this disease. And thanks to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge participants, we may be able to see just that - rather soon.