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Ice Bucket Challenge Led to ALS Breakthrough at Hopkins


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Remember those heady days back in the summer of 2014 when everyone was dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to support ALS research? The Ice Bucket Challenge was taken up by everyone from ex-presidents to football stars; the ALS Association received an additional $100 million in donations thanks to the challenge. But the challenge also faced critics, who argued that the viral movement was more about, well, virality than actually making any substantial change. Those critics may be feeling a little silly now that a Johns Hopkins team says that those donations were crucial to helping them make a breakthrough in understanding the terminal disease.

McDonogh Grad Will Hauver Inspires “Egg Crack Challenge”



Will Hauver, a young man who grew up in Towson and played lacrosse at McDonogh, died this month in Florida, where he was attending Rollins College. Hauver’s death at 22 was undeniably tragic; what’s amazing, though, is the way his friends and family have channeled his memory into making the world a better place.

Hopkins ALS Research Center Benefits from Ice Bucket Challenge

Johns Hopkins ALS researchers take the ice bucket challenge
Johns Hopkins ALS researchers take the ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge has turned into a fundraiser’s dream. Everyone from George W. Bush to the Baltimore Ravens has dumped a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And while some were initially skeptical that the stunt would actually translate into increased donations, the viral power of the ice bucket challenge seems to be working–as of today, the national ALS association has received $53.3 million in donations, way more than the $2.2 million in garnered last year.

But the national ALS group isn’t the only one benefitting from ALS’s moment in the spotlight–the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins has also seen its August donations go up 800 percent (!!) compared to last year.