ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also referred as Motor Neuron Disease as well as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This disease is fatal. It is characterized by rapid onset of muscle atrophy, causing the muscles to become weak. Eventually, this disease stops all voluntary muscle movement. People with this disease typically survive 3 to 5 years, and in about 10% of the cases people with ALS can survive longer than 10.
The Bucket Ice Challenge has put ALS at the forefront of the media, shining light into how important combating this fatal disease should be.
Here is a story of someone who has had to deal with ALS at a very personal level.