7&4's Melissa Smith takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:33:10 GMT —
It's a trend soaking the nation and raising millions of dollars for a disease that's taking countless lives. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involves people pouring ice water over their heads and challenging others to do the same all to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Paul Morning with the ALS Association Michigan Chapter sat down with 7&4's Melissa Smith to talk about the neurological disease that attacks nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. There is currently no cure for ALS which affects more than 12,000 people in the United States. Also, most people die from respiratory failure within three to five years from the onset symptoms of ALS. Only about 10% of those with ALS survive for 10 or more years.
Smith is taking on the challenge in honor of her grandmother, Mary Smith who passed away from ALS at the age of 64 in 1981.
For more information about ALS or the Ice Bucket Challenge, click on the video link above or check out the ALS Association of Michigan's website here.