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Why Am I Pouring Ice On My Head? What Is ALS?

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If you own a computer, chances are, you have seen TONS of people throwing buckets of ice water over themselves or their friends in the name ALS. Their hopes are to RAISE AWARENESS and to RAISE MONEY. Many are critical about the people not donating, but people with ALS have gone on video to explain how important it is to raise awareness to this desperate and deadly disease.

So what is ALS? 

ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a muscular degenerative disorder that affects the muscle neurons of the body. Eventually, it leads to paralysis, vital organ failure and, in some cases, death.

Since the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral, the ALS Association has received over $14 million in donations — a huge boost from the $1.7 million in donations during the same time period last year.

Who has ALS? What does it look like?