ALS #IceBucketChallenge Sloshes Over Hollywood and Beyond [WATCH VIDEOS]
ALS #IceBucketChallenge is a viral campaign spreading across the web like a wildfire among celebs to raise awareness and money for research into ALS and to support the victims of the disease.
The challenge goes like this, the person invited in the challenge must drench himself/herself with a bucketful of ice and water and then challenge up to three others who have 24 hours to make a response. If a nominee rejects, he must make contribution to the charity. Celebrities tend to do both, by doing the challenge and giving off donations for the said cause.
ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also referred to as motor neurone disease or Charcot disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States is a neurodegenerative disease with various causes, characterized by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty in speaking or dysarthria, swallowing or dysphagia and breathing or dyspnea. ALS is the most common of the five motor neuron diseases, and the brilliant Stephen Hawking is inflicted with such.
Initial symptoms are typically obvious weakness and muscle atrophy. Other symptoms include trouble swallowing, cramping, or stiffness of affected muscles; muscle weakness affecting an arm or a leg; and/or slurred and nasal speech. About 75 percent of people contracting the disease experience “limb onset,” common in the arms or legs, while about 25 percent of cases are “bulbar onset” ALS, difficulty speaking clearly or swallowing. Speech may become slurred, nasal in character, or quieter. Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing and loss of tongue mobility.
It is unclear how the campaign began. According to the ALS Association, it kicked off a month before in New Zealand as a way to raise money for cancer. U.S. news reports it was first done on behalf of former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who suffered from the dreaded disease. As of Saturday, the campaign has raised more than $10 million.
Some of the famous personalities — celebs, atheletes, singers, billionaires, politicians — who took the challenge are Steven Spielberg; Oprah Winfrey; Chris Pratt; Robert Downey Jr.; Tyler Perry; Lena Dunham; Kerry Washington; Conan O’Brien; Stephen Colbert; Matt Lauer; Jim Cramer; Wolf Blitzer; Taylor Swift; Carrie Underwood; Selena Gomez; LeBron James; Andy Murray and Carmelo Anthony; Mark Zuckerberg; Elon Musk; Bill Gates; Jimmy Fallon and the Roots; Rob Riggle; Horatio Sanz; Steve Higgins; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson; Justin Timberlake; CBS’ Gayle King and Perry; Charlie Sheen; Jon Cryer; Ashton Kutcher; Chuck Lorre; Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor; Ricky Gervais; Judd Apatow; “The Voice’s” Carson Daly, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton; and tennis star Rafael Nadal.
Next celebs to be challenged include George Lucas, Jeffrey Katzenberg and J.J. Abrams — all nominated by Spielberg.
So far, the biggest name to reject the challenge was President Obama, opting to make a donation instead.
For those of you who want to donate, go to alsa.org/donate.
Here are some of the videos:
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