Remember the Ice bucket Challenge? Thanks to the $200 million raised from the social media sensation, an experimental drug may be able to slow the progression of ALS and help patients retain functions for longer periods of time.
The research was supported by donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the clinical trial has seen positive results. The drug isn’t a cure, but it may help slow the disability caused by ALS.
"The Ice Bucket Challenge was an important turning point in the fight against ALS. It put ALS on the map and raised awareness of the disease and attracted more investigators and investment to the research."
Neil Thakur, chief mission officer for the ALS Association, says “It's the difference between being able to feed oneself versus being fed, or needing versus not needing a wheelchair."