Maggie Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge from GregO

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If you’ve logged onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram this week, chances are your newsfeeds have been flooded with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. No, it’s not some stupid viral prank. The challenge is a viral movement called the “Ice Bucket Challenge” designed to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The challenge started in Massachusetts with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness, loss of the use of arms and legs and difficulty speaking, breathing and swallowing.

After Frates posted his video it went viral. Now after posting your own bucket video, participants nominate others to take the plunge and keep the cycle going. If those challenged don’t accept within 24 hours, they’re asked to donate to ALS research or to the charity of their choice.

As a result, donations have been pouring in as quickly as the water in the buckets.

According to The ALS Association spokeswoman Carrie Munk, the organization has collected $1.35 million from July 29 to Aug. 11.

The ALS Association says, 50 percent of the American public doesn’t know what the disease is.

But as Frates’ story has spread, the Ice Bucket Challenge has become a call to arms for his family and friends to raise money and awareness for the disease, for which there is no cure.

“Who knew all it would take was a bag of ice and a bucket?” John Frates said.

So our own Maggie accepted the challenge from GregO. Will you accept the challenge?

Post your Ice Bucket Challenge videos on The Online Dish with Maggie’s Facebook page. Take the plunge for a good cause!

And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.