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The disease behind the Bucket Challenge


KALAMAZOO (WKZO)-- You have seen a lot of Bucket Challenges lately. They are all over television and the internet.

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?

 It’s called Lou Gehrig’s disease in the U.S. because the New York Yankee was its most famous victim.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS slowly robs its victims of their physical capacities until they can’t survive. Depending on the patient it can take 2 to 5 years.

Kalamazoo Physician, Dr. Dustin Nowacek says they have drugs that can prolong life for a few months but no cures.

They hold monthly clinics at Bronson Neuroscience Center which gives ALS patients a chance to get all the help patients need at one venue. The next one is in September.

The Bucket Challenge has brought in over 30-million dollars for research and support services for families, and Dr. Nowacek says hopefully the money will put them closer to a cure.