Stephen Hawking’s “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” is the Only One You Need to Watch (Official Video)
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, for for 51 years; he was diagnosed at age 21. ALS is the progressive degeneration of motor neurons, which leads to muscle weakness, and can result in paralysis, difficulty, speaking, breathing or swallowing, and eventual death.
This awareness was in part due to the viral philanthropy craze, “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.” The challenge, spread rapidly through social media, and raised over US$100 million for the ALS Association.
This week, Stephen Hawking took the challenge. In his video, the professor urged viewers to donate to the Motor Neuron Disease Association, to help “eliminate this terrible disease.”
(story from Salon)