I am sure many of you have seen videos of people dumping ice water on their heads on social medias like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram these few days. Yes, the weather might be burning from the hot summer heat! However, that is not why they’re doing it.
This viral act of dumping ice water on themselves is called the “Ice Bucket Challenge” created to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The challenge started with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness, loss of the use of arms and legs and difficulty speaking, breathing and swallowing.
Those that has done the Ice Bucket Challenge is suppose to nominate others to do it too. If those nominated don’t accept the challenge within 24 hours, they’re asked to donate to ALS research or to the charity of their choice.
Challenge accepted or not, donations have been pouring in. A total of $1.35 million have been raised by the ALS Association from July 29 to August 11. What a shocker!
According to The ALS Association, 50% of the public doesn’t know what the disease is. But as Frates’ story has spread, the Ice Bucket Challenge has become a call to arms for his family and friends to raise money and awareness for the disease, for which there is no cure as of now.
I have donated $100 to the ALS Association!
You can play your part by heading over to http://www.alsa.org/donate/ and donate any amount from $5 to $100 or more! There are several ways in which you can donate your money by: You could get it done online, by mail or through the phone, how convenient.
Please do whatever you can to help the unfortunate people who are suffering from ALS right now. If donations are too much to ask for, you could do the Ice Bucket Challenge or just by simply, praying. Whatever you do, it makes a difference.
We don’t know how strong we are, until being strong is the only choice we have.