Family Pic

Ice Bucket Challenge – ALS

Family Pic

Have you heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge? It was started by Peter Frates, a former center fielder and captain for the Boston College baseball team who was diagnosed with ALS. The challenge has taken social media by storm and even has it’s own Hash Tag #IceBucketChallenge.

Sophia & Caleb both took the challenge and even got their friends to do the same. This was a nice way to raise awareness for the fight to end ALS. View their video below.

This challenge strikes close to home for me. In 2012 my sister Diane Riportella Rivera passed away after her long battle against ALS. Diane dedicated her life to helping others. Running in marathons to raise money and volunteering for various causes.

What is ALS?

(ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is 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 their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. (Source)

How Can You Help?

Help create a world without ALS by getting involved in the way that best suits YOU! When you fundraise with friends and family you take us closer to discovering a cure. Visit The ALS Association and get involved.

Check out the daring duo take the challenge.