Ice bucket challenge aims to strike out ALS

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.

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.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off