Members tip buckets of ice water over their heads as they participate within the World File Ice Bucket Problem at Etihad Stadium on Aug. 22, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Members tip buckets of ice water over their heads as they participate within the World File Ice Bucket Problem at Etihad Stadium on Aug. 22, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia.

Scott Barbour/Getty Photos

When you assume again to 2014, you would possibly bear in mind movies scattered throughout your social media feeds displaying your mates standing out of their yards ready and smiling nervously for the chilly shock that was about to hit them.

After your good friend spoke a bit and made a pledge to donate cash to the ALS Affiliation, a large bucket of ice water was poured on their head, drenching them as they tried to shake off the chilly. And whether or not it was earlier than or after, every video included a problem to a different good friend to do the identical factor.

That is how virtually each ALS Ice Bucket Problem went — and whereas it may need appeared that it was only a social media pattern, it really did make an enormous distinction on the earth of ALS analysis.

The ALS Affiliation said that $2.2 million of funds that had been raised from the Ice Bucket Problem went into funding the event and trial of the new drug that the Food and Drug Administration approved this week for remedy of ALS, which is also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s illness.

“We thank the hundreds of thousands of people that donated, participated, and enabled us to spend money on promising therapies like AMX0035 that may instantly assist individuals dwelling with ALS,” stated Calaneet Balas, president and CEO of the ALS Affiliation. “This can be a victory for your complete ALS group, which got here collectively to advocate for early approval” of the remedy.

The brand new drug isn’t a remedy for the deadly neurodegenerative illness, but it surely does decelerate the results. Balas stated funding from the problem has “dramatically accelerated the combat in opposition to ALS.”

The drug authorised just lately by the FDA isn’t the one one benefitting from the problem. Greater than $115 million had been raised from the pattern, and the ALS Affiliation stated it’s funding 130 analysis tasks in 12 completely different nations, in addition to 40 potential therapies which are in growth.