Nashville, TN – If you’ve been on Facebook in the past few weeks, there’s a good chance you’ve seen at least one video of someone dumping a bucket of ice on themselves. Some viewers thought this was just a way to cool down during the summer, but everyone soon found out it was to raise awareness for ALS.
The origin of the viral movement comes from Pete Frates and Pat Quinn; two ALS patients. Frates, a Massachusetts native, played baseball for Boston College. A little over two years ago he diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Patrick Quinn, a New York native, was also diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a few years ago. The two took to social networking sites at the end of July to challenge friends and family to dump ice on themselves and challenge friends in order to educate people on the disease.
As global warming has become an important topic this century, scientists across the world have been trying to find a way to cool down the temperature of Earth’s climate system. Al Gore, the 45th Vice President of the United States, made a movie back 2006 to inform people on global warming. The film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” went on to win two Oscars and was one of the first things to really open the eyes of everyone to the effects of global warming. While all global warming researchers and enthusiasts were disappointed that they didn’t figure out the way to reverse their study, Gore has tried to take all of the credit. “Yeah, this was my idea,” Gore told us in a recent interview. “I started the ice bucket challenge because I knew this would reverse global warming. I solved it all on my own.”