In 2015, social media news feeds were suddenly flooded with videos and pictures of people of all ages dumping buckets of ice water on their heads; these videos and pictures were commented on by friends and family saying they couldn’t believe their friend had tagged them as next on the list to stand under the icy waterfall. Celebrities began posting their own videos and photos of this “Ice Bucket Challenge,” trying to one-up their neighbors in Beverley Hills. Eventually, everyone caught on that this fun challenge that had gone viral in a matter of days was actually for a good cause: raising awareness for ALS.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” or, as of late, “ALS.” It is a neurodegenerative disease that slowly paralyzes nerve cells in the brain and along the spinal cord. Over time, this leads to loss of muscle movement in the person affected by ALS. The ultimate result, therefore, ends up being total paralyses, and finally, death at some point within the first 2-5 years after a person is diagnosed.
Unfortunately, there is no current cure for this disease. There are, however, some drugs that have been approved by the FDA as having prolonging affects on a person’s life that is suffering from ALS.
On September 17, 2016, we set up our booth at the ALS Association’s “Walk to Defeat ALS” in Atlanta. Thanks to the efforts of the ALS Association Georgia Chapter, $500,000 was raised this weekend to support funds that go towards either making life with ALS a little easier or medical research that will hopefully one day lead to a cure.
AMS Vans loved being able to have a booth at the 2016 Walk to Defeat ALS this past weekend in Atlanta, embarking on the 2.5 mile walk to show our support!
Even though the walk is over, there are still ways to get involved with a chapter near you or donate to the ALS Association.
We cannot wait for next year’s Walk to Defeat ALS!!