Lifting the Veil of the Ice Bucket Challenge

August 27, 2014 9:01 PM

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I remember it like it was yesterday. It was just another exhausting day of medical school, full of painstaking lectures and copious note-taking, my brain overflowing with essential facts and figures. I was mentally drained and craving a welcome jolt of caffeine. But in walked a relatively young, well-dressed doctor, cool and confident as he strolled up to the front of the room. As he started talking, I started listening, attentively, for the first time in weeks. He told us about ALS, and I was never the same.

I remember the chills down my spine as he told us about how a diagnosis of ALS carries with it a life expectancy of two to five years. I remember flashing my friend a look of shock as he revealed that this brutal neurological disease could strike anyone of any age or background. Most of all, I remem...

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