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#IceBucketChallenge Raises $115M for ALS

The #IceBucketChallenge raised $11 million for ALS research. The ALS association dedicated $90 million to ALS research around the world. This is compared to only $7 million in the years before the social campaign.

“Ice bucket money combined with the genetic discoveries has now enabled a real vision that there will be a cure for ALS,” UCSD Professor of Medicine Dr. Don W. Cleveland stated.

More than 17 million people participated in the #IceBucketChallenge, which brought awareness to the disease and encouraged donations to fund research.

“Many people who have done the ALS #IceBucketChallenge often ask me you know, ‘do you think we’ll ever find a cure?’ And if you were to have asked me that question, you know 15 year ago I would say I don’t see any way, shape, or form we’re going to get to that,” Gene Discovery Professor Dr. John Landers stated. “If you asked me today, I would say definitely.”

The ALS Association stated this campaign helped rise $100 million just in the first six weeks. The funding helped expand their network of doctors and researchers who discovered five new ALS connected genes.

With additional funding, researchers published 20% more journal articles about ALS. The ALS clinical network was also able to expand by 50% and increased clinical trials for potential treatments.