From Hollywood to Chicago, Ice Bucket Challenge big win for ALS awareness

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Across the country it’s Ice Bucket Challenged accepted.

From Oprah to actors and athletes to Hollywood heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, the country’s latest viral craze supports a bigger cause; raising awareness and money to fight Lou Gerhig’s Disease, ALS.

Since it took off just last month, the ice bucket challenge has raised more than $10 million dollars for the ALS foundation.

And Chicago celebs and Illinois politicians are also getting in on the icy action.

At Chicago’s Air and Water show Sunday, the Blackhawks’ own Jim Cornelison got iced. And Gov Pat Quinn took the challenge too. Even Chicago’s Very Own Lourdes Duarte stepped up.

It’s a 21st century virtual chain letter, raising money for a disease with no cure and very few treatments.

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  • Michael Wienholt

    Why is this news? Based upon the 2012 census, ALS affects only 0.0012% – 0.004% of a population of 319,000,000. In contrast, according to the 2012 census 16% of the US population is living in poverty, including 20% of children and 23.5% of Californians.

  • Maria Brauer

    Yes, ALS is considered a rare or “orphan disease” meaning that it has not been adopted by the pharmaceutical industry because it provides little financial incentive for the private sector to make and market new medications to treat or prevent it. So people who are diagnosed with ALS are faced with the same fate as Lou Gehrig 75 years ago…they will lose their ability to move, their ability to speak and eventually their ability to breathe. They will die. And all the while, they are mentally aware of what is happening. While it may sound silly to dump a bucket of ice water over your head for ALS, it is giving an entire community hope. Hope that people will start listening and start donating. So that someday we can have treatments or even a cure. The Les Turner ALS Foundation is making a difference in the lives of more than 90% of ALS population here in Chicago. If you want to learn more about ALS or make a donation, visit

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