|Lou Gehrig bids farewell to Yankee fans in 1939|
Instagrams make it easy for just about anyone to film and instantly download their ice cold bath, which has become a big hit among teenagers, sometimes with disastrous results. Celebrities try to one-up each other in the name of charity, but the arty poses look more like self-promotionals. Lost in all this is the serious nature of the disease, which was first called to the public eye when ALS ended Lou Gehrig's baseball career in 1939. As a result, it was known as Lou Gehrig's Disease for many years.
Given its very low prevalence, it had pretty much gone under the radar, although it was first recorded in the late 19th century by French and British doctors. It is a motor neuron disease which over time leaves its victims unable to move or speak, but with their mind fully intact. Stephen Hawking has a motor neuron disease similar to ALS.
|Stephen Hawking enjoying a lighter moment|
Maybe persons should be lighting up a joint for ALS instead of dumping ice cold water on their head.