When Anthony Carbajal made his Ice Bucket Challenge video, he had no intention of becoming a viral video sensation or the face of ALS for twenty-somethings. He simply wanted to share his frustrations and fears about his family’s history of ALS: his grandmother had died of ALS, his mother had been battling it for over ten years and he himself had recently been diagnosed with the disease.
Think about that for a moment. A 26 year-old son who’s caring for his ALS-stricken mother discovers that he’s inherited the same fatal disease. That’s how insidious ALS can be.
It doesn’t discriminate. While it typically attacks between the ages of 40-70, it can also strike younger people. Particularly those with a family history of ALS.
In addition to over 17 million views on YouTube, Anthony’s video has led to three appearances on Ellen and catapulted him into the spotlight as an advocate for ALS research. While he has had to give up his wedding photography career, he has gotten married and continues to care for his mother. He also serves as a reminder to Generation Y that ALS isn’t just a late-in-life disease.
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That’s why we ask that you consider a donation to the ALSA Wisconsin Chapter on Giving Tuesday (December 1st), to help Wisconsin patients of all ages who are fighting this relentless disease.