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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Takes Country by Storm

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The ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' has taken the country by storm through social media. Many of our viewers can attest to it, you cannot go onto your Facebook or any other social media accounts without seeing one of your friends dump a bucket of ice water on their head. ABC FOX Montana spoke to the executive director of the Evergreen Chapter of the ASL Association, Becky Moore, who tells us what this phenomenon has meant to them.

“ALS is a motor neuron disease and what happens with ALS your motor neurons start to die and they are what transmit the signals from your brain down to your muscles to tell them what to do.”

ALS often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease ultimately paralyzes you, often times resulting in death after a 2 to 5 year period. ALSA is a nationwide organization that raises money to help find a cure.

Moore said, "Our mission is simple, it is to find a cure for ALS and to help people with ALS so that is where that money is going."

In Montana, Moore says over 80 people are living with ALS. The fight against the disease has a new supporter and that's called the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' that has exploded on social media sites. Even our very own, Rob Jesselson took to the challenge.

"The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge' has really been an amazing awareness event so to speak for the ALS Association and the people living with ALS," explained Moore.

Moore said that this is one of the positive aspects of social media.

"The way people tag out other people it just keeps growing and building and it just shows how everyone is connected."

ALSA has seen a huge spike in donations in just the past couple weeks since the challenge arose.

"Nationwide, if you throw the association together as one big lump apparently we are breaking the $10 million so that's very exciting,” said Moore.

Next week the Evergreen Chapter of the ALSA will be visiting Missoula for a workshop to help those battling ALS or living with someone who has ALS. That will take place at the Rehabilitation Institute.



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