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28 July 2016, 12:47
#TeamInternet, we did it again!
Here's your proof that viral internet challenges that aim to raise money can actually work. Remember two summers ago when everyone was pouring buckets of ice over their heads? Turns out that your Dad was completely wrong about you wasting your time and money on a silly internet trend.
According to research, more than 80 scientists in 11 countries were funded thanks to the donations that were made alongside the viral video movement. As a result, that research has now led to a scientific breakthrough in the understanding of ALS / Motor Neurone Disease.
The challenge, which saw all your faves get drenched in ice cold water - including Pete Wentz with his glamorous Las Vegas backdrop - raised almost $200m worldwide! Yaaaas!
The discovery of a brand new gene associated with ALS means that scientists and doctors are now able to have a better understanding of the disease and will be able to trial various new treatments in order to eventually find a cure.