August 06, 2016

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Worked!



 Do you remember a few years ago when everyone was dumping buckets of ice water on themselves.  This Ice Bucket challenge for ALS was done not only to raise awareness but also to raise money.  It is said that the Ice Bucket challenge brought in about $15 Million dollars.  $1 Million of that money went to Project MinE at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  It was at this university that they were able to single out the NEK1 as one of three currently known to be responsible for the disease.  This helps scientists and doctors to target that gene for therapy and treatment.  All those saying that the challenge was silly are now biting their tongue after this big advancement.  This just goes to show that a lot can be accomplished when people come together behind a movement.