Riverside resident Tim Armstrong, the CEO and chair of AOL, has joined the multitudes taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
— Tim Armstrong (@timarmstrongaol) August 20, 2014
As of Wed, Aug. 20, the ALS Association reports that this year with its ice bucket challenge it has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year The donations are coming from 637,527 new donors as well as existing donors to The Association.
ALS – which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord was first identified in 1869 by a French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that baseball giant Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. the disease is still most closely associated with his name.
Today, approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time.