By now I am sure you have heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But for those who haven’t, it is where challenge acceptors dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and post a video of the action to social media. It is suppose to help raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” 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.
Those who take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge are encouraged to make a donation to the ALS Association and challenge friends to complete the action within 24 hours. Those who decline the challenge are suppose to donated $100 to the ALS Association. The challenge has helped raise millions upon millions of dollars to fund research. The president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Steve Nelson, accepted the challenge as part of a kick-off to the Nebraska State Fair. Watch the video below to see what happened!