KALAMAZOO, MI (WTVB) - You probably have seen a lot of Bucket Challenges lately. Everyone from Kate Upton to George Bush to Ethel Kennedy have gotten drenched for the cause, but do you know what the disease is, or what it does. ALS, more widely known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, slowly robs its victims of their physical capacities until they can’t survive. Depending on the patient it can take 2 to 5 years. Dr. Dustin Nowacek at Bronson NeuroScience Center says in Southwest Michigan, he suspects that anywhere from between 60 and 100 people are living with the disease at any given time.
Nowacek says they hold monthly clinics at the Center to give ALS patients a chance to get all the help they need at one venue. The next one is in September. The Bucket Challenge has raised over $30-million for research and support services for families, and Dr. Nowacek says hopefully it will help put them closer to a cure.