Throw a bucketful of icy water over your head or donate $100.

This was what Peter Frates, 29, had in mind when he posted a video of himself being doused with ice water while sitting on a wheelchair. A former captain of the Boston College Baseball Team, Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2012. Completing his challenge within a day will save you $90.

ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and in the spinal column. One out of its 10 cases is due to a genetic defect; the cause of the rest is unknown. It is also referred to as the motor neuron disease (MND) in the United Kingdom, or the Lou Gehrig’s disease.

ALS happens when the nerve cells can no longer function. It usually develops until after 50 when the body’s muscles could weaken and twitch. Other symptoms include difficulty in breathing, difficulty in swallowing, muscle cramps, fasciculation, paralysis, abnormal speech pattern, voice changes, and weight loss.

It could lead eventually to lung failure, pneumonia, pressure sores, weight loss, and aspiration. As such, people with ALS will one day or another be unable to care for themselves. They could die after three to five years they were diagnosed.

But the ice water challenge could lead to a vagal response. Vagal response or vasovagal syncope could lead the heart to decelerate and cause the blood pressure to fall. “For somebody who’s on blood pressure medications, or any medications that can slow their heart rate down, they can pass out,” Dr. Brian O’Neill of the Detroit Medical Center was reported saying.

“Be reasonable. I think…the problem is everyone is gonna do it better and bigger and badder.” ~ Dr. Brian O’Neill

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Tube Test


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