Controversial or not, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge was an ingenious social campaign to raise much needed awareness to a medical condition that impacts many around the world. Here are the known facts:
- ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
- ALS can strike anyone, women and men, young and old.
- In Canada, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 are living with the disease. In the U.S approximately 5,000 people are diagnosed each year and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 people in the U.S may have the disease. How many world wide? That appears to be unknown today.
I found it rather difficult to find quantifiable global research around how many people have had this or even how many currently have it. This must indicate how greatly more funding is required for global ALS research, records and reports.
Here goes…pouring ice on yourself is fun… but make sure you also donate!
The DevTO Crew