The Ice Bucket Challenge: Lou Gehrig's Disease

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A rare disease that has no cure
ALS is a rare disease that stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. In this neurodegenerative disease, the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged that control voluntary muscle movement. A person diagnosed with this disease starts having difficulties in eating, swallowing, and talking. The worst part of the disease is said to be that the patient’s brain is normal, meaning he can sense everything but can not do anything about it. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease because he was the first celebrity to be diagnosed with ALS. Lou Gehrig was a baseball player that played for new york yankees in the 1920s and 1930s. He retired after being diagnosed in 1939. He passed away in 1941 at the age of
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Finding cures is not a simple task. It requires many work hours and millions of dollars. Government has created a website where anyone can donate money for research purposes. A new fundraising coup has started, known as the Ice Bucket Challenge. Almost everyone know about this challenge. In this challenge a person is nominated by someone. Before doing the challenge, he can nominate three other people. Most people donate one hundred dollars after the challenge. If one does not want to do the challenge he can donate money to the association. For example, Michelle Obama donated money instead of doing the challenge. About one hundred million dollars have been donated to the ALS association. The rate of young athletes being diagnosed with ALS is increasing. This is leading to many question by the scientists. They concluded young people get ALS because they are slim and lift heavy weights. However, in recent studies it shows that is starts with concussions, then it might lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which may lead to ALS. These athletes are being diagnosed in their late 20s and early 30s. An average person is generally diagnosed at the age of 55. A person that is diagnosed with ALS lives about 2 - 6 …show more content…
In short this disease is called CTE. Scientists study brain of some dead people that has ALS. It is said that CTE can lead to ALS and/or Dementia. Dementia is a disease where an individual forgets his daily activities. For example they forget if they took a shower, brushed their teeth, if they ate, etc. Scientist observed, after being diagnosed with CTE, toxic proteins are released in the brain and caused ALS in most cases. The sports world is trying to prevent ALS in their athletes. The main sport that is compromising is the NFL. They tried making new helmets but not successful because the large helmets with extra pads blocked player’s provisional vision. A new rule that is said to be helpful is that a player may not be tackle another above the shoulders. This rule is said to help because it prevents from head injuries. Some may argue that, these rules might change the game. However, that is not true because even before the rule was made, one was not allowed to hit someone on purpose. NFL might add more rules to make the sport

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