Hello my habitual couch potatoes,
I am sure we all know about the new internet sensation that is sweeping the nation, mostly due to the large amount of celebrities participating- The Ice Bucket Challenge.
But when you receive that awaited challenge yourself, do you really know what you are dumping ice cold water on yourself? Other than the entertainment value… its also for the thousands of people who have ALS which stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
In the challenge you have 24 hours to dump cold water on your head or donate to the ALS cause. But why is it “or”? Why can’t we all donate and get a little crazy with water?
ALS is a serious disease that can strike anyone, and though it is not contagious it does effect approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. each year because they are diagnosed with ALS.
I encourage you to get your funk on and do the challenge and then challenge more people, but I also encourage not just to pour water over you head and call it good. Thousands of people need our help and support by donating to ALSA.org
Join the movement and give hope to someone with ALS!
PS. Here is my video for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!