As a kid growing up, I was fascinated by science. All of the things that fascinated me; from the beginning of the universe, to where we are now, and what lies ahead for us. There was so much to know, and so much more to discover. Stephen Hawking, for me at least, inspired me to follow into science.
He is also afflicted with ALS.
For those of you who don't know, ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a disease that affects your motor neurons. In short, nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. Over time, the disease causes these cells to degenerate, rendering simple everyday tasks such as eating impossible.
Research has been ongoing for decades, and with anything that involves nerve cells, it is incredibly difficult to treat as nerve cells do not (as of yet) regenerate by any natural means. However, we can band together as a community and fight ALS together.
I have set up a donation fund for everyone to pitch into (link in the top menu doobly doo). I have set a donation goal of $250, and if we manage to amass it by September 13th (which is my birthday), I will voluntarily take the Ice Bucket Challenge and will post a video for all of you to see that I will be going through it. You thought I'd do the challenge first, eh? Too fast for ya.
Even if we don't meet the goal, we will still have done something absolutely incredible.