Just last week, I took the ice bucket challenge which has gone viral in social media and is sweeping the U.S. by storm. After I posted my video, several people e-mailed in asking if my sidekick Bob (check out photos of Bob here) was going to take the challenge so I asked him if he was willing and it turns out he was happy to comply. 😉
The purpose of the ice bucket challenge is to raise awareness and raise research funds for the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. While the ALS Association’s rules for the challenge require either getting a bucket of ice water dumped on your head or making a donation, many people appear to be doing both and that’s what both Bob and I did.
As the rules for the ice bucket challenge state that you must nominate three additional people, Bob has nominated his friends Waldo (of “Where’s Waldo?” fame), the Elf on the Shelf, and Big Bird. Bob says he’s looking forward to seeing their ice bucket challenge videos and that although the rules state that they can always simply donate $100 to help ALSA research for a cure for ALS if they don’t want to dump ice water on their head, he’s hoping that they’ll choose to do both.
So far, the ALSA has raised over $42 million through the ice bucket challenge and Bob and I are proud to be a part of that. If you’d like to donate, you can do that by hitting the easy-to-find “donate” button on their website.
If you have taken the ice bucket challenge, or if you have or know someone with ALS, we’d really like to hear about your experience. Please share your thoughts in the comment forum below so, together, we can help raise awareness.