The Times Herald: Rose Comments on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

September 10, 2014

In an article published in The Times Herald titled “Keep the heat on the ALS ice bucket challenge,” Professor of Biology at Arcadia University Dr. Wesley Rose, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) nine years ago, offered the following quote:

As a progressive neurological disease, ALS creates multiple challenges and frustrations not only for those who are diagnosed, but also for those who care for the diagnosed. Since I’ve lost the ability to do many daily activities, I’ve become increasingly dependent upon others. I don’t meet many people with ALS on a daily basis, which can make one feel alone in the fight. That’s one of the reasons that the ALS ice bucket challenge has been such an amazing phenomenon. It has really brought together so many people who might have otherwise not thought about ALS. As a part of my fight against ALS, I’ve been very involved in “getting the word out” about ALS, which has included talking to a diverse array of listeners, such as business owners, professional baseball players, and local, state, and federal legislators. In my experience, we’ve been able to get some significant things accomplished by simply “getting the word out.”

Rose also encouraged social media users to continue participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge no matter what their motivation may be. “Everyone who participates is increasing awareness about ALS, and to me that is an immensely important part of the fight against ALS. I hope everyone keeps on dumping!”

Go to the article.

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