ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Helped Fund a New Drug for Treatment

-  In recent years, the results of this massive funding campaign have become apparent. 

By 2019, research output funded by the association had increased by 20% with more gains expected. 

The clinical network working on research was expanded, according to a statement from the ALS Association. 

The pace of discovery accelerated and the association just announced a new milestone. 

Of the money raised by the challenge, $2.2 million helped fund a drug which was just approved for use by the FDA to treat ALS patients.

“We thank the millions of people who donated, participated, and enabled us to invest in promising therapies like AMX0035 that will immediately help people living with ALS,” said Calaneet Balas, president and CEO of the ALS Association. 

“This is a victory for the entire ALS community, which came together to advocate for early approval [of the treatment].” 

The drug is not a cure, but it slows the effects of the neurodegenerative disease. 

Certainly it is evidence of the power of social media when used for good, and the impact electronic community can have on society as a whole.

2014's viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge helped raised over $115 million for ALS research across 130 projects, including the development of a new drug to treat ALS.

Madeleine Muzdakis


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