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Ice Bucket Challenge Raise ALS Awareness, But What is ALS?

KADN Staff
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:46pm

No matter what form of social media you may browse, there is one type of video that is spreading among celebrities, politicians, athletes, and even local friends and families no matter where you're from. Its's the "ice bucket challenge" and it's raising awareness for a great cause and that cause is ALS.

While everyone has been creating their own twist, Home Bank on Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette decided to have their entire staff of 40 employees take part in raising awareness and money to the amount of a one thousand dollar donation to ALS research.

Even with the heightened awareness many people are still unaware of the symptoms of ALS or even what ALS stands for, so we caught up with Lafayette General's Neurologist Virginia Kellner to find out just what exactly is ALS. 

"Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, it's also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. I think the term ALS didn't come into awareness until recently, it was always known as Lou Gehrig's disease." said Kellner.

"People really didn't talk about it a lot, but I think recently people have been talking about ALS more often because of people like Steve Gleason and the ice bucket challenge. So ALS is a disease that damages nerves that control muscles, so muscles become progressively weak in patients who have ALS. Typically it effects their respiratory muscles as well as the muscles that control their ability to swallow. So in this way it is ultimately fatal."

With no cure known for ALS, the raising of money and awareness for research is as important as ever and the "ice bucket challenge" no matter how silly it can seem is doing a great job of just that.

To learn more about ALS or ways to make donations yourself you can visit alas.org 

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