Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month or so, you’ll know that the ALS Ice bucket challenge has taken the football world by storm. Its as simple as it sounds, you merely pour a bucket of ice over your head.
It is all in aid of raising awareness of the disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), commonly referred to as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in my native England. The disease is a degenerative disease which affects the muscles, ostensibly not allowing the nerves in the muscles to work – meaning they waste away and die. When this starts to happen across the body, it can take the form of impaired speech, possible paralysis, difficulty swallowing and, ultimately, death.
The real kicker of this disease that is that, on the whole, it doesn’t affect brain power or mental capacity. This means that you’ll probably still have all your wits about you while your body gradually wastes away, which is a horrible thought. Any light shed on this disease, and any money that is raised can only be a good thing. (Which is basically what has happened with me. I knew little about the disease before, but I’ve looked it up and studied a bit about – so now I’m more clued up about it than I was)
- International Alliance of ALS / MND (in English)
- ALSとはどんな病気? (日本語)
- ALS Donation page (in English) (日本語）
- Also, FC Gifu has information on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge page
So, without further ado, here is Ruy Ramos taking the ice bucket challenge.