I’d be really surprised if you haven’t yet heard of the ice bucket challenge which has gone viral in social media and is currently sweeping the U.S. by storm. 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 I have chosen to do as well.
I was nominated to take the ice bucket challenge by Frank De Rafelle, Paula Frazier, and Kimmie Umsheid so it’s something I just couldn’t ignore and, to be honest, I am actually more than glad to do it because I know firsthand what it’s like to get the news that you’ve been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness (I battled prostate cancer and now have a clean bill of health) and I’m willing to do anything I can do to help people in that position.
As the rules for the ice bucket challenge state that you must nominate three additional people, I am nominating Yakov Smirnoff, Lisa Nichols, and Jack Canfield. Not going to lie, I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing their ice bucket videos! Although, as the rules state, 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 (I’m hoping, however, that they’ll choose to do both).
So far, the ALSA has raised over $42 million through the ice bucket challenge and I’m 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, I’d really like to hear about your experience. Please share your thoughts in the comment forum below so, together, we can help raise awareness.