Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and others from the Houston media and organization took part in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise awareness for ALS therapies.
Along with O’Brien, Cal McNair of the Texans and Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle also took part in the challenge. To view the video of the dumping of the ice buckets, click here in a video provided by the official site of the Houston Texans.
After the challenge, O’Brien challenged the head coaches of the AFC South to take the challenge.
In an ALS Association article on alsa.org it says of the Ice Bucket Challenge:
“Between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both. Contributions further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease.”
ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Of the disease, the web site states:
“Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only modestly extends survival by two to three months. Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal.”