Raising the awareness about ALS is an important part of what so far has few treatment options, a specialist at Spectrum Health said.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $30 million in donations so far this year. Dr. Paul Twydell, a neuromuscular specialist at Spectrum Health, said raising awareness about what's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease is serious business.
"Unfortunately there are very few treatments for ALS," he said.
Early symptoms of ALS include muscle cramps, but leads to a more degenerative form of muscle failure.
ALS patient Todd Alward said he's thankful for the support and offered advice for those afflicted with the disease.
"I just want to let everyone know with ALS – It’s a hard thing, but you’ve got to be strong and keep your chin up," he said.