The ALS Association reports that it has surpassed a total of $10 million in “Ice Bucket” donations.

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As of August 16, the organization notes in a recent news release, The ALS Association has received $11.4 million in donations, compared to $1.7 million during the same time period (June 29 to August 16) last year. The release states that the current donations yield from existing donors and 220,255 new donors to The Association.

Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO, The ALS Association, emphasizes in a message posted to The ALS Association’s website, “Never before have we been in a better position to fuel our fight against this disease. Increased awareness and unprecedented financial support will enable us to think outside the box. We will be able to strategize about efforts in ways that previously would not have been possible, all while we work to fulfill and enhance our existing mission priorities nationwide.”

Newhouse adds that words cannot express the organization’s gratefulness “to the tens of thousands of people who have donated to support the fight against ALS. The money and the awareness generated through this effort are truly game-changers in the right against this disease.”

According to the release, The ALS Association’s mission centers on providing care services to assist individuals with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities nationwide and a global research program targeting the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease.

Source: The ALS Association