With the amount of times we've heard people say "ALS" this week, you'd think it was an EDM Festival coming to town. But it's not. ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease and it causes the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to degenerate, which eventually causes death. It's incurable, but there are drugs and therapies that can manage the symptoms and slow the inevitable spread of the disease. Despite the obviously sad feelings drummed up by ALS, the challenge has gone viral and ice buckets are flying - along with record-breaking donations.
According to the ALS Association, as of today Ice Bucket donations have reached $53.3 million, compared to the same time of year in 2013 where they'd made $2.2 million. That's a dramatic increase, no matter how you feel about viral videos.
Everyone's doing it - your mom, your pizza deliveryman, Justin Timberlake ... even Oprah. Everyone gets an ice bucket. We've assembled some of our favorite videos for your viewing pleasure below. Some are funny, some are pathetic and others are a little worrying - do all of those buckets even have ice in them? A number of the people in the videos seem confused as to why they're even shooting the video, but at least it's for a good cause right? If anything, this whole thing is a great way to get a look at everyday Americans playing a massive game of Simon Says. Whatever you think of the challenge, if you take part, be sure to donate some cash along with your YouTube video by clicking HERE. Also, don't get so happy over helping raise money to fight a terrible disease that you jump off of a roof into a large body of water and drown, like Corey Griffin, who helped come up with the Ice Bucket Challenge idea did this past Saturday.
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