Amyotropic lateral sclerosis is the formal name for ALS (you know the thing you can't keep off your Facebook feed). Sports fans will instantly recognize the disease by the name Lou Gehrig's Disease. "The Luckiest Man on the face of the Earth" played 2,130 consecutive Major League games until ALS brought his career and his life to an early end at the age of 37.
As it was then, it is now. There is no cure for ALS. There are very few treatment options. The ALS ice bucket challenge is a nice distraction from what causes approximately 30,000 Americans to begin losing control over voluntary muscle movements. Most people with ALS fall victim to respiratory failure within 3 to 5 years after the onset of symptoms.
Leanne, mother of former Razorback walk-on turned 11 game starter Tyler Deacon and mother of former walk-on now Scholarship Razorback Adam Deacon, succumbed to ALS in 2013. Adam was asked to speak to the team about the disease in a team meeting a week ago. It was during this meeting that Head Coach Bret Bielema announced Adam's scholarship. After practice that day, the entire Razorback Football team completed the Ice Bucket Challenge and each player will also donate money.
Instead of doing our usual poll, I would like to ask the members of this community to make a donation to the ALS Association in honor of Adam Deacon and the Razorback football team.
I know a lot of people are getting tired of seeing the Ice Bucket videos, but maybe all of this attention and money will do some good.
Coach Bret Bielema takes the challenge
Jen Bielema takes the challenge
Mike Anderson takes the challenge