Magic Family Participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
By now you have seen numerous people participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge that is spreading ALS Awareness and raising donations across the country. If you don’t know what Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is – otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – below is an explanation from ALSA.org.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has proven to be phenomenally effective in bringing in funds that go to researching and hopefully one day finding a cure for the disease. There’s a wonderful and emotional ESPN piece on the origins of the challenge. It’s taken a while for the movement to grow. Now it’s spreading like a wildfire thanks to celebrities and professional athletes from across the globe partaking in dousing cold water over their heads. Orlando Magic players have joined in on the cause.
Below you’ll see who else from the Magic organization has taken part following Maurice.
Former Magic great Anfernee Hardaway:
The Magic Dancers:
Magic Silver Stars:
Even future Orlando City player Kaka got involved.
Finally, here’s me in a Rony Seikaly jersey completing the challenge: