GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS has made its way to 24 Hour News 8.
The Ice Bucket Challenge — in which people who have been challenged submit to being doused with cold water, donate to an ALS nonprofit and then challenge others to do the same — has been making its rounds on social media. The goal to raise awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Several famous names have participated, including singer Justin Timberlake, actor Robert Downey Jr., Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and many more.
The ALS Association says that as of Sunday, it had received $13.3 million in donations since July 29. In that same time period last year, the organization says, it raised $1.7 million. It also says it received that money from previous donors as well as nearly 260,000 new donors.
==Above, sports reporters Casey Jones and Larry Figurski and Sports Director Jack Doles — whose father-in-law Jack Niewiek has ALS — and his family take the challenge.==
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease that kills the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Five out of every 100,000 people worldwide are affected by ALS, according to the NLM. It’s sometimes caused by a genetic defect, but in 9 out of 10 cases, its cause is unknown.