While the event was a fun way to end our first week of school, we would like to remind our community of the reason behind the ALS ice bucket phenomenon:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. This disease causes the motor neurons that initiate and control muscle movement to deteriorate and eventually die. When these muscles stop receiving signals from the neural system, not only do they stop functioning, but also they slowly start to “thin out” as the muscle tissue atrophies.
ALS is a deadly disease; more than two thirds of those affected die between three to five years after their diagnosis and less than ten percent will survive more than ten years. ALS is a non-contagious disease that can strike anyone at any given time so we encourage our community to do their part to raise awareness of the importance of supporting ALS research. If any of our students would like to know more about ALS please ask one of your science teachers and they will be happy to discuss it with you.