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20th Dec 2016

Remember The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? This Is What Happened Because Of It


The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took over our phones, screens and lives back in Summer 2015.

With everyone from Obama to your granny getting involved, this phenomenon was truly global and wholly fantastic.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurological disorder in which the motor neurons that control muscle function slowly die, and unfortunately there’s currently no cure.

But, what happened after the craze? $100million in 30 days, that’s what.

That’s right, an impressive number of research projects ended up being fully funded due to this chilly initiative. 

One of these was Project MinE, a data-driven initiative that was funded largely by the ALS Association through ice bucket challenge donations. 

The project’s researchers announced just this week that they’ve identified a new gene associated with the disease, which could lead to new treatment possibilities.

It’s very exciting because it shows everyone who contributed to the ice bucket challenge that their donation had an impact on the research.

Brian Frederick, Executive Vice-President of Communications and Development, ALS Association

Absolutely incredible news. Both for everyone suffering from the disease, and everyone who felt the rath of an ice bucket. 

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