Pete Frates can no longer speak, walk or move his arms, but what he can do is inspire an entire nation to pour buckets of ice water over their heads.
Despite the incurable neurodegenerative disease that has robbed the former athlete of a normal life, he still manages a smile and a very positive attitude. The 29-year-old has inspired people such as Lebron James, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Kimmel and so many more—including my entire family—to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and dump extremely cold water over their heads in efforts to raise awareness for his cause. It’s a simple challenge with a major goal that’s turned into a viral phenomenon.
I gracefully accepted the challenge over the weekend and now nominate everyone watching this video to do the same in efforts to raise money and awareness for the ALS Association Research Program. Accept the challenge or donate $100 to the cause. The choice is yours, but if I were you I wouldn’t punk out. My 4-year-old nephew went through with it and barely squirmed.
Let the clocks begin. You’ve each got 24 hours.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 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.
If Bill Gates can do it, you can too.