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Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? It worked! Associated Press
Thais hold buckets over head after they splashed ice water to them during the ice bucket challenge fund raising event in Bangkok ,Thailand Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. About a thousand people turned out in the event for the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Remember that summer a couple years ago when it seemed like every day, a new video surfaced of a celebrity braving a cold bucket of ice water to raise money for ALS? Maybe you and your friends challenged each other to endure the ice or donate instead.

All those ice buckets raise a whopping $115 million for ALS research. That’s an amazing feat on its own, but the research funded by that money is even more amazing.

The millions went toward many projects in 11 countries, which led to the identification of the gene that causes ALS. This huge breakthrough will help scientists understand where the disease comes from and could lead to possible treatment options.

Bottom line is, if you took the Ice Bucket Challenge, you changed the world for thousands of people today and in the future.

Jessie Taylor is a freelance writer and crafter who is currently traveling the U.S. in search of her ideal place to live and the perfect cup of coffee. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.
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