My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Okay dear readers, I have been away for a while. I allowed a busy summer work schedule to pull me away from blogging, and I can think of no better way to dive back in than to help promote a recent phenomenon in giving and helping others - The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
As you may know, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a terrible and terrifying disease, and one without a cure. I don't expect all who read this post to participate in the challenge, but I do hope that many of you will take a moment to learn more about ALS, or at the very least, to think about ways you can reach out to those around you and better the world. Small actions lead to big impact.
But, before we get to my bucket-dump, I want to share a bit more about why I chose to participate. There are lots of organizations to which each of us can give or in which we can participate by volunteerism or fundraising. The following video encapsulates my reasons for doing the challenge.
I also recommend reading "Tuesdays with Morrie" - a moving witness to a terrible disease.
Again, ALS has no cure. Percentage-wise, there are very few people in the world who are diagnosed with ALS. There isn't a lot of profit to be made by pharmaceutical companies should they invest their efforts in finding a cure. Call me an old-fashioned optimist, but I think pharmaceutical companies should be helping with all diseases and profit should not play a role in that research. Here is where WE step in.
Did you know that since the #IceBucketChallenge began a few weeks ago, it has raised over $100 million in the past three weeks, more than they ever have (by a long stretch) in the same time frame previous years? And they have received gifts from more than 70,000 NEW donors???!!!! That is exciting and powerful.
And now, as I was tagged a couple weeks ago by my friend and colleague Liz, here is my challenge video. The Mister and I were in Canada visiting family (who were so wonderfully supportive of this!!!) when I was challenged. It was a balmy 58 degrees on a rainy and gray morning and this was just the ticket to wake me up.
First, the prep. The Mister (who was brave enough to do the dumping of ice water), filled a giant bucket with a bag of ice and then some refreshing Canadian well water, with our niece and nephew looking on.
After that, I dried off, spent several hours in a hot shower, drank lots of warm beverages, wrapped myself in snugly clothing, and then warmed up by the fire. I also received congratulatory puppy kisses, which let me know I did something good that day.
I hope you choose to be a part of this. If you are reading this, consider yourself challenged! And I hope some (or all!!!) of you do what I did - post a video and make a donation. If you do participate - AWESOME!!!!! And post a link to your video or efforts below in the comments section. Let's pay this forward and keep the chain of giving going.