Learn about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge

Good Morning Alabama anchors Ebony Hall & Sheri Falk get ready to take the challenge

Are you thinking about taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? {}Before you do that, take a few minutes to learn about ALS.

The ALS Association has provided a wealth of info on its website at{} We wanted to give you a few facts about the disease here on our website, so that you'll have an idea of what you are supporting if you decide to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.{}


    ALS stands for "amyotrophic lateral sclerosis." It is more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert.Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS - more than 5,600 people per year. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS. Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people.The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from time of diagnosis. With recent advances in research and improved medical care, many patients are living longer, more productive lives. Half of all those affected live at least three years or more after diagnosis. About 20 percent live five years or more, and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years.ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. ALS can strike anyone. Every single American is threatened by this disease.{}
The Alabama Chapter{}You can get involved here in Alabama by participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS. This year's walk is scheduled for October 14, 2014 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Walk check-in is at 10 AM. The walk itself begins at 11 AM. The local goal is $160,000.{}

Do it or Donate{}

Here is how the challenge works. {}You pour a bucket of ice water over you head and then challenge others to do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24-hours.

Of course, you can donate right now if you'd like. Just go to{}{}and click on "DONATE."


Of course, we want to see your videos, too! {}Share them on the ABC 33/40 Facebook Page and on Twitter: @abc3340. {}Use the hashtags: #IceBucketChallenge and #StrikeOutALS.

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