July 9, 2012

ICC answers the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ICC answers the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Adam Gore/LetsGoICC.com

Over the past few weeks, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the country by storm and now current student-athletes, coaches, and athletic department members at ICC have taken part in the infamous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) was brought to national attention in, 1939, when Lou Gehrig's baseball career was brought to an end by the disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal coard to the muscles throughout the body. The progress degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brian to initate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed >>> click here to learn more about the disease.

The sports community has played a big part in the popularity of the challenge. Golfer Chris Kennedy is credited with taking the popular "Ice Water Challenge" and applying it to toward ALS awareness while former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates and his friend Pat Quinn, who both suffer from ALS, are noted with pushing the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" to a whole new level. >>> click here for ESPN's story on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Click here to donate to the ALS Association.