Ice is nice for ALS Association

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, two women get doused during the ice bucket challenge at Boston's Copley Square to raise funds and awareness for ALS. The ALS Association says money raised through the challenge helped fund a project that has discovered a gene linked to the disease. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

SHAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. – (KSNT)  The challenge made quite the splash.

Part of an effort to raise funds and awareness for ALS, the Ice Bucket Challenge kicked-off in August 2014.

As a result of the social media heavy-fundraising campaign, $115 million was raised within a two week span.

$77 million of that was dedicated to funding cure research, leading to the development of two new drugs preparing to enter clinical trials.

Of  those drugs, Director of communications for the mid-america chapter of the ALS association, Sherrie Hanneman told KSNT News – “it doesn’t sound like much, the two new drugs…but if you consider that right now there only is one FDA approved drug…we could triple the number of pharmaceutical intervention that would be available to people living with ALS.”

Although the disease doesn’t discriminate when it comes to who it affects, the department of defense has found that veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS.

$7.5 million has gone towards the department’s research efforts.

In honor of the two year anniversary of the challenge, long time ALS association volunteer, Larry Kaplan will be traveling to 50 states in 30 days as he puts a fresh spin on the challenge – dumping things over his head that relate to each state.

Kaplan will visit Topeka on August 11.

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