On Wednesday 3rd September, Guernsey Sports Commission nominated us, Guernsey Arts Commission to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. We couldn’t turn down the nomination and so, after donating, here we all are, Lottie, Carrie, Joanna and Antonia (Simone behind the camera!) doing our ice bucket challenge. Although this part is a bit a of fun, it comes from a very serious motive for doing it.
What is ALS? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
If you’d also like to donate you can do so here www.alsa.org/donate