‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Donations Funded Promising New ALS Research

Remember two summers ago when the “Ice Bucket Challenge” took over social media and everyone was getting doused with cold water to raise money for ALS research?

Well, it paid off!

The NY Daily News is reporting that some of the money raised during the campaign funded research that led to the discovery of the gene that causes ALS.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Project MinE recently discovered the gene that is responsible for ALS. Project MinE scientists were able to research this gene with help from the ALS Association, which donated $1 million from the Ice Bucket Challenge.

“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world,” Bernard Muller, founder of Project MinE and ALS patient, said in a statement. “This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS.”

So if you participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge or you donated, kudos to you! You helped fund this research that could save lives and prevent more people from suffering with this horrible illness.
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