KETK/FOX 51 takes ice bucket challenge

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

Challenges KLTV and CBS 19

Over the past several weeks, you've probably noticed many people dumping buckets of ice cold water over their head in the name of ALS.

The KETK team also stepped up to raise awareness and donate money to stop the currently incurable disease.

KETK challenges KLTV and CBS 19 to do the same.

About ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. 

While there is not a cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS, there is one FDA approved drug, riluzole, that modestly slows the progression of ALS as well as several other drugs in clinical trials that hold promise.

Importantly, there are significant devices and therapies that can manage the symptoms of ALS that help people maintain as much independence as possible and prolong survival. It is important to remember that ALS is a quite variable disease; no two people will have the same journey or experiences. There are medically documented cases of people in whom ALS ‘burns out,’ stops progressing or progresses at a very slow rate. No matter what your individual course or situation may be, The ALS Association and your medical team are here to help. 

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