The ALS #icebucketchallenge is raising millions and spreading awareness about this devastating disease, and now Head Coach Chuck Priore and the Stony Brook University Football Team have accepted the challenge, too. The Seawolves were nominated by Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and have in turn nominated all PAL football programs in Suffolk County.
Ice bucket challenge donations to date have reached $22.9 million to the ALS Association, which provides care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, the Association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS.
The Stony Brook University Neuromuscular Disease and Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence is an ALS Association Certified Center that provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients of all ages with neuromuscular disorders.
Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Steve Bellone was nominated by Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci and in addition to the Seawolves, he nominated Congressman Steven Israel and Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.