Media mogul Oprah Winfrey had teased she was going to do it and now it has happened — she took the Ice Bucket Challenge for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Watch in the video above.
The ALS challenge, which dares people to either donate to the cause or dump a bucket of ice-cold water over their heads, was initiated by the ALS Association back on July 29. However, it has really gained national attention in recent days because of the chain reaction of celebrities challenging each other. Oprah is just the latest in a long line — and she dared “The Hundred-Foot Journey” producer and stars Steven Spielberg, Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal.
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The ALS Association site says that in the time since the challenge was issued, they’ve received $9.5 million in donations, compared to just $1.6 million during the same time period a year ago. So, hopefully that means a lot of people are doing the ice bucket challenge and donating, not just doing the ice bucket challenge and not donating. Find out how to donate here.
“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the
disease,” says Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS
Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion,
generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take
part in this impactful viral initiative.”