The ALS Ice Bucket
Challenge has been generating a lot of buzz across the country, but is it
really helping fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease?
The challenge started in
Massachusetts and quickly spread to Ohio and the rest of the country. The idea
is for people to raise awareness for ALS and encourage others to donate to the ALS
Association by dumping buckets of ice water over their heads.
The police then called out
other police and fire departments, and even Ohio Governor John Kasich has
With all this chilly fun
to be had, Nicole Krejci of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association
says there is a serious side to this.
"That first few seconds of
water is very similar [to how it feels] to be in a body that has ALS," Krejci
said. "Everything is closed down. The nerves don't move – that chilling
encouraged to make a donation for ALS research. Krejci says the Northern Ohio
Chapter has raised $60,000 more so far this year than they raised last year at
this time. Nationally, the ALS Association is $15 million ahead!
Krejci participated in the
challenge herself recently. She says ALS patients and their families will feel
"Most people don't know
that they can turn to a chapter for support, for medical devices that are
needed, for the families, for counseling, for support groups," she said.
She says it's best to
donate to your local ALS chapter. Click
here to donate to the Northern Ohio Chapter.