As of Monday, August 25, The ALS Association has received $79.7 million in donations compared to $2.5 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 25). These donations have come from existing donors and 1.7 million new donors to The Association. How awesome is that?! (source: ALSA.org)
We're proud to say that the team here at Driver Solutions accepted this challenge, raised over $530 among our staff and absolutely had a blast doing it! For those that may not have heard, the Ice Bucket Challenge is intended to create awareness and donations for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) -- also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Participants are encouraged to dump a bucket of ice water over their head and donate $10, or donate $100 to the foundation if they pass on the whole freezing water thing.
At Driver Solutions, we rounded up 32 of our bravest employees to take on this challenge for a great cause. Watch the video below to see how it all went down...
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ALS is a fatal neurological disease that attacks nerve cells responsible for controlling muscle function. The disease causes severe muscle weakness and eventually, once all muscles under voluntary control are affected, individuals basically become completely immobile. Most people diagnosed with ALS die from respiratory failure within 3 to 5 years.
As you can see, it's a serious disease and any donations help the association further their research for a cure.
Driver Solutions happily donated $10 for every employee that participated in the challenge, and also received some donations from staff members who opted out. All in all, we raised over $530 to contribute to ALS research! The challenge is quickly spreading to the trucking industry as even the ATA got on board, posting this ALS #IceBucketChallenge video last week.
Now that we've completed the challenge and made our donations, there's only one thing left to do - nominations. We nominate USA Truck and PAM Transport to take on the challenge next! It's your turn to join us as we #StrikeOutALS.