[HYOSTAGRAM/VIDEO] Hyoyeon accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! “Please support the cause #alschallenge” 140821

After being challenged by Miss A’s Min, Hyoyeon has finally responded and accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge!

Full compilation courtesy of krisbrows8!

The Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity that many celebrities have been taking on in order to raise awareness for the association responsible for raising funds for patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease“. According to the ALSA site, “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” (source).

While there has been some controversy over the participation in the challenge, there has been an undeniable rise in the amount of donations when compared to the amounts donated in previous years: “As of Tuesday, August 19, The ALS Association has received $22.9 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 19). These donations have come from existing donors and 453,210 new donors to The Association” (source).

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