The "Ice Bucket Challenge" continues to send chills across Northwestern Medicine with more clinicians and departments jumping on board this viral sensation to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a degenerative disease that affects motor neurons. According the the Les Turner ALS Foundation, which funds research and the specialized Les Turner/Lois Insolia ALS Center at Northwestern, more than 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with ALS annually and about 35,000 people are living with ALS.
Donations to the Les Turner ALS Foundation grew by more than 3,000 percent in the first two weeks of August compared to this time last year - the foundation attributes this increase to the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and heightened awareness it has generated. Donations to foundations like Les Turner help Northwestern and other institutions better understand ALS and work towards finding a cure for the disease. In recent years, Northwestern Medicine researchers have had several breakthroughs in ALS research. To learn more, visit the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine website.
Check out some of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" videos from across Northwestern Medicine:
Northwestern Medicine ALS physicians, nurses and researchers all accepted the "Ice Bucket Challenge" today in front of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Who did they challenge?