Jennifer Lopez is the latest to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The 45 year-old took to Facebook on Sunday to share a video of the chilling event.
Before enduring the freezing cold ice being poured over her head, Lopez put out the call to three more participants to take the challenge. The singer-actress chose rap sensations Pitbull and Iggy Azalea as well as former Scientology member turned reality television star Leah Remini to complete the task next. Those challenged have yet to respond to the Jenny From The Block chart-topper’s request. The singer was initially challenged by star soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who also nominated Beyonce.
Lopez is the latest in a string of celebrities who have participated in the challenge. A-listers the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Chris Pratt, Carrie Underwood, and Justin Timberlake have all been drenched in support of the cause. Fellow N*Sync members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone joined Timberlake in the challenge. The total list of celebrities who have participated is extraordinarily lengthy, with over two dozens joining in for the cause. Some took the challenge to an extreme, wearing very little clothing and getting soaked while exposed to the elements. The latter includes Canadian professional ice hockey player Paul Bissonnette, who completed the challenge on top of a mountain by way of a helicopter ejecting the icy water upon him. Those who went without clothes were headed up by The Fault In Our Stars lead actor Engel Ansort, who bravely took on the task shirtless. Aforementioned soccer player Ronaldo also donned very little clothing in the challenge, completing it in only his underwear. The world is still waiting on United States President Barack Obama to complete the challenge, as he has been requested to do so by Justin Bieber, Al Yankovic, and Lebron James. Although the President has so far declined to participate in the actual task itself, he has agreed to donate the aforementioned $100 to the foundation instead.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, although originating in the winter of 2013-2014, gained popularity last month when prominent golfer Chris Kennedy performed it and challenged his cousin to do the same in order to support her husband, who has had ALS for 11 years. The idea quickly spread by way of social media, thus launching it into an all-out campaign to raise money for the cause. Those who are challenged have 24 hours to complete the task, and if they fail they are obligated to donate $100 to ALS. The campaign has been an outstanding success, with millions of dollars having been raised for the foundation.
ALS, formerly known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that affects a reported 30,000 residents of the United States and an approximate 450,000 worldwide. Known in the United States as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the condition progressively shuts down the body’s use of muscles, ending in the effective immobility of whose afflicted with it, as they often lose the use of their legs and arms. The later stages of the illness is known to impede the individual’s ability to chew and swallow, thus increasing the risk of death by choking. In terms of managing the disease, only one medication has thus far been proven to increase the chances of survival among those afflicted. Riluzole, also known as Rilutek, can minimally improve the rate at which those afflicted with ALS can overcome their symptoms.
Jennifer Lopez is the latest to participate in the extremely successful Ice Bucket Challenge for charity. It remains to be seen whether or not Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and Leah Remini will accept her challenge to follow suit.
by Rebecca Grace