Well worth the chill! Ice Bucket Challenge leads to potential breakthrough

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Remember all of those wonderful videos you saw on Facebook of people getting ice-cold water dumped on their heads?

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a major social media craze two summers ago, to help raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.  Now, we're learning about a potential breakthrough, thanks to all of the money raised.

Nationally, 2.5 million people donated $115 million to the ALS Association. The organization says the event was probably the single largest episode of giving outside of a disaster or emergency.

An international research team now reportedly says it has identified a new ALS gene-- NEK1-- with the help of your donations.

According to FOX News, in a just-released study, Project MinE revealed they found a significant association between loss-of-function NEK1 variants and risk of familial ALS.

It gives scientists a new target for therapy development.

**Watch some of our anchors take the challenge in the videos in this story. CLICK HERE for much more on the Ice Bucket Challenge**

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.