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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Watch Oprah Winfrey Take the Ice Bucket Challenge -- And Learn More About ALS Disease


It's growing by leaps and bounds and challenging everyone from all walks of life--it's the Ice Bucket Challenge. So, what is the Ice Bucket Challenge, and why on earth would Oprah Winfrey get involved?

The Ice Bucket Challenge

The recent Ice Bucket Challenge seems like a crazy thing to do. When challenged by another, a person literally has to pour a bucket of ice and icy cold water over their head and put the video out there on social media for everyone to see. Even Oprah Winfrey did it! Why? It's for a very good cause. The Ice Bucket Challenge is an entertaining way for people to participate in educating others about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrigh’s disease.

About ALS

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain. According to the ALS Association, the disease destroys the motor neurons that reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. It leads to death. There is no cure or treatment today that stops or reverses ALS.

Why the disease is named Lou Gehrigh's Disease

Lou Gehrigh was a first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees from 1923-1939. He was a seven-time All-Star and six-time World Series champion, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. His career ended in 1939 after he was stricken with ALS from which he died two years later.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $22 million and greatly increased awareness for ALS.

Watch Oprah do it below:
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