By: Natalie Rubino
August 13, 2014
We've all seen them! Videos of people dumping a buckets of ice water over their head and challenging others to do the same or else donate $100 to ALS. A-L-S is more commonly known as Lou Gerhig's disease. The baseball hall of famer died in 1941 from A-L-S.
Now dozens of celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, even NFL football teams have gotten involved.
Nearly 35,000 Americans are diagnosed with ALS a year. That includes about 1500 Floridians. There is currently no treatment or cure. The disease kills people within 2 to 5 years.
"It's a disease that attacks and kills your motor neurons, so eventually patients are left without the ability to walk, talk, speak and breath," said Alissa Gutierrez. ALS Association Florida Chapter Spokesperson.
The ice water challenge was started in July by friends of a former Boston college baseball player diagnosed with ALS. Jeremy Hayes of Tallahassee decided to get the challenge going in North Florida!
Jeremy Hayes, Ice Bucket Challenge participant said, "I didn't see the video from any of my friends in Tallahassee or anything associated with the panhandle. So I looked into and decided to start on my own and try to bring it to Tallahassee."
Between July 29th and August 12th the National A-L-S organization says it's raised $1.3 million. During the same time period last year it only raised $22,000.