Unless you live a life of no internet connection or television (one can dream) then you will have seen all of the involvement the worlds putting in, in the hope to raise money for ALS disease.
I have been enjoying watching all of my friends, favourite celebrities & public figures entering into the extremely uncomfortable challenge in order to spread the word around the world to increase donation. Stepping out of your comfort zone in order to change the world should be a daily experience for all of us, unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way for one reason or another. Thankfully we have concerts, benefits, comedians performances and challenges often to create an opportunity for the whole world to get involved in raising money in a fun way. Whether it’s from watching performances, doing tasks such as the ALS ice bucket challenge, or the ‘no make up selfie’ women got involved with to help raise money for breast cancer. The word spreads through social media and everyone wants to donate and get involved. It’s an incredible benefit to social media.
If you feel like beginning a whole new challenge for charity purposes then please do it! All you need to do is think of an organisation that deserves awareness and then pick your challenge. Post a video on Facebook or another form of social media explaining the challenge and where to donate to begin the chain, then send it to us to share! Hopefully if enough people see it we will really make a difference.
As I was talking to a friend today about how quickly the ALS ice bucket challenge is spreading round the world, she asked a very important question; “What is ALS?”
Well, who better to inform you than The ALS Association themselves! So here’s the low-down:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.
A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no or negative. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment–”No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies” or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.
As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in muscle movement. Early symptoms of ALS often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs begin to look “thinner” as muscle tissue atrophies.
It truly deserves the attention it is getting, we must continue to spread awareness! It has reportedly raised over £14 million so far so let’s keep it going! If the ALS ice bucket challenge hasn’t got to you yet then start one yourself my videoing a huge bucket of cold water & ice being poured over you and nominate a list of your friends to do it next, make your donation and then post your video.
I hope you’ve learnt a little more about this terrible disease and appreciate your health & happiness, or stay strong & positive and know that you will get better and have the whole world supporting you. xo
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