I will be completely honest with you here... I saw the "Ice Bucket Challenge," to raise money for ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, go viral from the beginning on social media. I kind of flew under the radar as more and more of my friends and family were dumping buckets of ice water over their heads and uploading videos. I was (finally) nominated to do the challenge earlier this week, and I've missed my 24 hour deadline, because I just simply was not going to do it.
I don't know anyone with ALS. I don't even know what the disease is! I thought, "maybe this trend will soon pass," and we'll get back to the daily norm on Facebook... cat videos, rants and raves, and throwback Thursday.
It wasn't until I saw THIS young man's video that I had an eye-opening, mind-changing moment... (Fair warning, he uses a few expletives in the video...)
It doesn't matter if I don't know anyone with ALS. It doesn't matter that I don't know what the disease is (CLICK HERE to learn more). What matters, is there are roughly 30,000 people that live in this country that now, more than ever, FEEL like someone is listening to them. And I want to be a part of that. There are a lot of "haters" on social media regarding this challenge... and if you're one of those people, I'd ask you to imagine what it's like to live for a second with this crippling disease, because I hadn't. Until I watched Anthony's video. Imagine that your wife or your mother, or brother received the news that they had ALS, and you have to watch them slowly become a prisoner to their own body. I hadn't done that either, until I watched Anthony's video.
I will complete the Challenge and post the video within the next few days... until then, if you haven't already, consider donating to ALS research. CLICK HERE to donate online, or mail a donation to: The ALS Association - 1275 K Street NW - Suite 250 - Washington, DC 20005