Back in 2014, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was all the rage, with everyone — celebrities, politicians, media personalities and, yes, athletes — pouring freezing H2O on their noggins to raise awareness and money for the debilitating malady sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
It turns out all of that dumped water led to a breakthrough. From the ALS Association:
According to a paper published today in Nature Genetics, researchers part of Project MinE’s global gene sequencing effort, funded by The ALS Association through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, have identified a new ALS gene, NEK1, which now ranks among the most common genes that contribute to the disease, providing scientists with another potential target for therapy development. …
“The discovery of NEK1 highlights the value of ‘big data’ in ALS research,” said Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., M.B.A. “The sophisticated gene analysis that led to this finding was only possible because of the large number of ALS samples available,” she said. “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled The ALS Association to invest in Project MinE’s work to create large biorepositories of ALS biosamples that are designed to allow exactly this kind of research and to produce exactly this kind of result.”
This calls for a celebration … and what better way to celebrate than to take a time machine back to 2014 and remember the best athlete Ice Bucket Challenge moments:
10. Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
8. Caroline Wozniacki
7. New York Jets
6. Texas Tech football
5. Dikembe Mutombo
Best reaction of them all.
4. LeBron James
Can’t get those screams out of my head.
3. Derek Jeter
2. Marian Gaborik
1. Paul Bissonnette
Helicopter > Zamboni.
For The Win
The 10 best ALS Ice Bucket Challenge moments
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