ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) affects about 12,000 people in the U.S. alone. There is no cure, and patients die after suffering through gradual paralysis. White men and veterans are far more likely to develop ALS, but no one knows why.
1The band who spoofed a horror classic for their ice bucket challenge
"They're all gonna laugh at you!"
After frontman Dave Grohl announces his nominees for the challenge (John Travolta,
Jack Black and writer Stephen King) he slips on his tiara and – along with the rest of the band – pays homage to the famous bucket-of-blood prom scene from the 1976 horror classic, Carrie. Footage from the film's climactic and deadly sequence is also incorporated into the Foo's over-the-top video.
2The real-life suffer of ALS who shared both his hilarious challenge and his tragic story
"Okay, that was probably the most embarrassing thing I've ever done in my life. So, why did I do it?" he asks. "I have been so terrified of ALS my entire life because it runs in my family....my grandmother had it...my mother was diagnosed with it when I was in high school, and five months ago, I was diagnosed at 26 years old."
As he tearfully reveals his diagnosis and future with ALS, footage of him aiding his ailing mother flashes across the screen.
Carbajal explains he's already started losing movement in his fingers. Eventually, just like other ALS patients, he will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat and breathe on his own.
Carbajal is extremely grateful that the cause is getting so much attention: “This is the first successful advocacy [ALS has] ever really… had and I'm so, so, so grateful," he said. "You have no idea how every single challenge makes me feel, lifts my spirits, lifts every single ALS patient's spirits. You're really, truly making a difference."
3The Seattle superhero who took the challenge with a taser twist
As you can see below, there was no fighting the tase, but it was all for a good cause:
4The ex-president who took the challenge with the help of his first lady
It's your move, Bill Clinton!
5The Vogue publisher who took an icy drenching
The devil wears Prada... and several buckets of ice water.
The internet reaction? A state of complete disbelief!
6The software billionaire who created a marvel of machinery to aid in his challenge
7The NHL player who was doused with glacier water from a helicopter
According to the hockey pro, the stunt was cheap – $175 to fill the chopper with gas, and obtain a few other supplies.
Bissonnette and pals also donated $1000 to the cause.
8The people who failed at the ice bucket challenge
Check out the bumps, bruises and hilarity below:
9The beloved children's character who took the challenge 'naked'
In an even stranger twist, the popular puppet was nominated by WWE CEO Vince Mcmahon.
10The girl who had her wisdom teeth pulled posts the best ALS challenge video yet
Despite bleeding from her mouth and the uncertainty of her mom walking in any moment, Waterman took the challenge - sort of. (She missed her head completely.) Either way, she still loves you.
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