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UPDATE: ALS donations jump up $30M after ice bucket challenges

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UPDATE: As of Wednesday, August 20, the ALS Association says it received $31.5 million in donations since July 29. Last year, the organization received $1.9 million during the same period. This year ALS saw 637,527 new donors.


ORIGINAL STORY: The so-called ice bucket challenge is being credited for the near $8 million jump in donations to the ALS Association.

The ALS Association says it received $9.5 million in donations compared to $1.6 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 15). During those two and half weeks, the association saw 184,812 new donors.

The ice bucket challenge has been pushing awareness to ALS as well as donation. Challengers pour a bucket of ice water over one's head and then call on others to do the same. If those challenged decide to decline, they are asked to donated to the ALS Association. The ALS Association raises money for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and the person suffering from the disease loses control of muscle movement. The disease leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of the diagnosis There is no cure at this time.

“We're heartened that the momentum of this incredible visibility continues,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We are so thankful for the generous outpouring of donations and people's interest in learning more about ALS.”

This week KWWL's Mark Woodley accepted the challenge and passed it along to UNI volleyball coach Bobbi Petersen. Click here to see Petersen's response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klekgubyt0M&feature=youtu.be


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