Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that was discovered in 1869 and “is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord” and eventually leads to their death. The disease has affects approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. every year and “affects people between the ages of 40 and 70.” In 1939, Lou Gehrig’s baseball career ended abruptly after being diagnosed with ALS. The Iron Horse of Baseball was forced to retire at age 35 and the disease quickly took his life 2 years later, at age 37. His story brought national and international attention to the severity of of the disease. Along with Gehrig, others superstars that have been affected include Hall of Fame pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, British soccer player Jimmy Johnstone, composer Dimitri Shostakovich, former Vice President of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor. #StrikeOutALS videos have been going viral across social media sites as many participate to help bring awareness to this disease. The challenge is to dump a bucket of ice over one’s head and nominate others to participate. The idea being that dumping a bucket of ice over your head is nothing compared to living with ALS. Along with many friends and family members, some of our favorite superstars are contributing to the fun.
Check out some of their #StrikeOutALS videos from your favorites including The New England Patriots, Roddy White, Jason Varitek, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Matt Ryan, Harry Douglas, Sidney Crosby, Julian Edelman, Mark Herzlich, Andre Williams, Mathias Kiwanuka, Aaron Rodgers, Dan Bilzerian, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, John Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama, Dax Shephard, Charlie Sheen, William Shatner, Robert Downey Jr., George Takei, Justin Bieber, Mark Zuckerberg, Jerry York, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Nickelback, Sebastian the Ibis, and Albert The Gator.