Ice Bucket Challenge Donations Lead To ALS Breakthrough

By Bill Galluccio

July 27, 2016

In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge swept the world with everybody dumping ice cold water on their head to help raise awareness and money to find a cure for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Everybody from President Obama, to Katy Perry and even KISS got involved. When it was all said and done, over $115 million was raised.

2 years later, it looks like that money was put to good use. The ALS Association released a new report that offers hope for a cure of the debilitating disease. A new paper in Nature Genetics says scientists "have identified a new ALS gene, NEK1, which now ranks among the most common genes that contribute to the disease." Using the money raised by donations 80 researchers, in 11 countries, worked together on the gene sequencing that identified the gene. They are hopeful that this gene can be used to treat the disease and maybe one day lead to a cure

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