Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? It ACTUALLY Worked
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 has actually raised a whole load of money for the ALS association, leading to a new scientific discovery. Read the full story at MTV.co.uk.
Throwback to 2014 when everyone started pouring all those buckets of ice over each other and your mates kept nominating you to donate a fiver and do the same in aid of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge too.
WELL, while it might've seemed a little silly and many doubters at the time believed it wouldn't actually make a difference, it turns out that it's had some very real and very important results.
*Blares party horn*
Yep, the $115 million donated during the eight weeks on the challenge has actually helped fund research that's led scientists to identify a gene called 'NEK1', which is said to be responsible for the disease. Knowing one of the three genes that cause the disease allows doctors to target those genes for therapy and treatment meaning it's a big step forward for those fighting it.
If you didn't know, ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a disease which causes nerves in the brain and spinal cord to degenerate, eventually making it impossible to breathe, meaning the illness is currently incurable.
But thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge craze going viral and celebs like Niall Horan, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake getting in on the action to raise awareness, donations came from 2.5 million people around the world.
So when you relive the videos of you, your friends and family and all those celebs who endured 5 seconds of unbearably cold water, think how it all made a huge difference.