The $100 million that the ALS Association raised with its viral Ice Bucket Challenge is certainly an impressive figure. But those who suffer from the disease and those who took the challenge may wonder if it’s actually a drop in the bucket.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is one of the world’s most horrifying diseases. Sufferers maintain full cognitive functions while their bodies atrophy. Within a relatively short time, patients lose their ability to walk, use their hands, swallow food and speak. The survival rate, on average is 39 months, though some outliers — such as physicist Stephen Hawking, who has had the disease for more than 50 years — have defied the odds Read more…
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