Former President George W. Bush helps acquire ALS Ice Bucket Challenge …

September 24, 2014 - als


This undated print shows Pete Frates.

The baby daughter of Pete Frates, a amyotrophic parallel sclerosis (ALS) studious widely credited with popularizing a viral Ice Bucket Challenge got a presidential diagnosis when she done her opening into a universe on Aug 31.

“Lucy perceived a pleasing note from President George W. Bush this morning. Thank we Mr. President for being in a dilemma given Day 1!” Frates tweeted on Sep 14.

Former President Bush showed his support for ALS when he finished a Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug 20, after being challenged by his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, among others. With a small assistance from former initial lady, Laura Bush, President Bush doused himself in ice H2O before creation nominations of his own, including former President Bill Clinton.

Frates, 29, a  former Boston College ball actor done it his goal to lift supports and recognition for ALS after he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative illness in Mar 2012. He is now paralyzed, cooking by a feeding tube and can't talk.

ALS — also famous as Lou Gehrig’s illness — is an constantly deadly illness in that a haughtiness cells that control transformation gradually degenerate, heading to stoppage and genocide from respiratory failure. It is diagnosed in about 5,000 Americans any year.

Up to 10 percent of ALS cases are an hereditary form of a disease. In many cases, though, ALS occurs for no famous reason.

The fundraising materialisation asks those peaceful to lard themselves to plea others to do a same within 24 hours. If they don’t, they contingency make a concession to a certain charity. Each chairman who participates nominates some-more friends, who commission some-more friends, who commission still some-more friends, that explains because a trend has exploded.

The viral debate raked in some-more than $100 million in donations to a ALS Association.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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