The Ice Bucket challenge has garnered the support of millions of people around the world (yes, not just the US!) for ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, for which there is no known cure yet. From Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, to leading social network owner Mark Zuckerberg, NFL player Matt Ryan, teen idol Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen, Anne Hathaway, Kelly Clarkson, David and Victoria Beckham, Ben Affleck, Chriss Pratt and so on, millions of people took the challenge. Celebrities along with the public around the world took the challenge and raised more than 50 million USD so far.
But where did it all begin? Facebook claims, and has also shown proof that the epicenter of the ice bucket challenge is none other than Boston!
Boston is where it all began
Facebook had recently posted proof that the ice bucket challenge began in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Facebook, a team had analyzed the activity that went viral on the internet between 1st of June and 17th of August and found that 28 million users around the world took the challenge and there were over 2.4 million YouTube videos were posted in a span of 2.5 months. Facebook also posted a map showing the extent of the challenge within the United States, and according to that, the structure was based particularly in and around Boston.
Peter Frates gives traction to the challenge
Peter Frates, who is a former Boston College baseball player, was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. He gave himself the ice bucket challenge, and soon, his friends and family took the challenge themselves and their circle of friends. The challenge was soon taken by NFL players Matt Ryan and Luke Kuechly who have Boston connections. This is perhaps the reason why the concentration of people taking the ice bucket challenge early on was n Boston, according to Facebook’s team.
USA tops the challenge
The United States has the highest number of people who have taken the ice bucket challenge. Australia has the second highest number of challenge takers, with New Zealand in the third place, followed by Canada and Mexico in the 4th and 5th places. The ice bucket fever has reached countries in the Middle East and Far East too, with celebrities in countries like India, Philippines, Japan and China also taking the challenge to show their support for the cause.
ALS donations get a boost
Not many people knew or heard of ALS unless someone they knew got affected with it. The ice bucket challenge changed that. The challenge, which gained traction in Boston, has managed to reach out to people across the world and create awareness about this disease that has devastating effects on the person inflicted by it. The money donated so far will be used to promote ALS research and find a cure for the disease, which affects 2 in 100,000 people.
(Image courtesy: Ice Bucket Challenge Facebook page)