By Matthew Liedke
A viral Internet challenge taking the world by storm came to Wahpeton Wednesday afternoon as North Dakota State College of Science President Dr. John Richman took the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS.
The challenge, making its way around the Internet has been done by celebrities and star athletes across the nation to help increase both awareness and donations to research ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
When a person is challenged, they either have to donate money to support the ALS cause, or dump ice water over their head.
“I’m honored to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge given to me by my good friend Bryan Albrecht, president of Gateway Technical College at Kenosha, Wisconsin,” said Richman as he addressed a large crowd of students and staff.
Before taking the challenge, Richman nominated the 2014 Wildcat Welcome Student Group, the North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen and NDSCS Alumnus and Foundation Board Member Terry Goerger.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 20, the ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations across the country, compared to $1.9 million during the same time period between July 29 to Aug. 20 last year.
According to the ALS Association website, the challenge was made viral by Beverly, Massachusetts, resident Pete Frates with the help of his family. Frates has lived with ALS since 2012 and has worked with the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter.
The mission of the ALS includes providing care services to people with services to people with ALS and their families, working in communities and a research program focused on treatment discovery and eventually a cure for the disease.
ALS was originally discovered in 1869 by French neurologist Jean Martin Charcot and received national attention when baseball star Lou Gehrig was diagnosed. To this day, a common term is Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The association described ALS as a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to death.
To help and/or donate to the ALS Association, visit www.alsa.org.
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