UPDATE: Ice and Water or Donate to ALS

UPDATE: Ice and Water or Donate to ALS

The ice bucket challenge is a viral movement that asks someone to donate to ALS or be soaked in ice and water. A participant has 24 hours to accept the challenge and get the cold water, or donate.
Coach Ken Ferguson’s office is filled with trophies, awards and recognitions for his almost forty years of coaching.

But it was in 2009, while he was coaching, that he started having problems with his voice.

“I noticed while I was teaching it was a little bit more difficult to project my voice and I didn't know of course what it was,” Coach Ken Ferguson said.

He spent years going to numerous doctors and none could figure out what was going on with his speech.

Two years later, Coach Ken Ferguson saw a Midland doctor who finally knew what it was.

“Then I of course found out what it was and it was depressing to say the least,” Coach Ken Ferguson said.

He had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, according to the ALS Association. The disease causes muscle weakness, loss of the use of arms and legs and difficulty speaking, breathing and swallowing.

“It’s a sad disease because you're aware of everything that you once had and that you are losing,” said Connie Ferguson, Coach Ken Ferguson’s wife.

There is no known cure for ALS and the future is unknown.

“I think it's just the idea of what's going to happen that is scary,” Coach Ken Ferguson said.

And for his wife, the hardest moment is yet to come.

“The hardest is the unknown what is going to come eventually, what you're not going to be able to do,” Connie Ferguson said.

But despite not having a cure, Coach Ken Ferguson has learned to adapt.

“Everyone says live day by day and in my case I think it's more true because there is a finite number of days,” Coach Ken Ferguson said.

And as the days pass, he tries to find the positives in every situation.

“I've had a good life and I'm fortunate in some ways to know what's coming,” Coach Ken Ferguson said.

Now, Coach Ken Ferguson hoping others will learn about ALS or donate to help find a cure by challenging his friends to do the “ice bucket challenge.”

The challenge is a viral movement that asks someone to donate to ALS or be soaked in ice and water. A participant has 24 hours to accept the challenge and get the cold water, or donate.

According to the ALS Association, thousands of new donors have given money to the cause, making a huge increase on the money they have collected this year.

“From July 29 to August 13, the national office of The ALS Association has received $3.6 million compared with $28K in donations during the same time period last year,” the association said.

Facts that people like Coach Ken Ferguson appreciate because they continue to look for a cure.

“The friends, the family, the support and just the way everyone is responding to me,” Coach Ken Ferguson said. “It’s nice to know that people care that much.”

You can donate to ALS at www.alsa-texas.org





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