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Cowboys Stepping Up To The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It's awesome to see members of the Oklahoma State family step up for charity. Burns Hargis, Mike Gundy, Travis Ford, Dez Bryant, Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, Michael Cobbins, Jeff Newberry, and Justin Gilbert have all completed the ALS Challenge.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or, as it's commonly referred to, Lou Gehrig's disease is an neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The disease is fatal with no known cure. Most victims die within 2-5 years of diagnosis.

Anyone can get it too. There are no known risk factors such as family history or lifestyle choices for ALS. The disease appears to strike at random, and there are more than 12,000 people suffering from it in the U.S.

If there's anything worthy of clogging up your Facebook timeline or Twitter feed, it's awareness for ALS.

According to Yahoo, the ice bucket challenge went viral when Jeremy McGrath called out pro golfer, and member of the Oklahoma State family, Rickie Fowler.

At that time it was up to each participant to donate to the charity of their choice. It was first connected to ALS by Pete Frates, a former Boston College Athlete suffering from the disease.

If you would like to donate to the ALS Association you can do so by following this link


If you've accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yourself be sure to post it in the comments.

Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Burns Hargis both accepted the challenge today. Burns'  reaction is hilarious, and he calls out the OSU student body to accept the tomorrow afternoon.

Other members of the Oklahoma State family have also completed the challenge, including Head Basketball Coach Travis Ford. His experience is rather terrifying.

Dez Bryant, Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, Michael Cobbins, Jeff Newberry, and Justin Gilbert have also had the ice water poured over their heads.