I don’t know about you but my Facebook newsfeed has been flooded with people posting videos of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over themselves. At first it was really confusing and kind of annoying because before they dumped the bucket they’d call out names of other people and say something like I challenge you and you have 24 hours or you have to donate $100. Last week I finally posted a Facebook status update saying that I just didn’t get it! Some of the posts mentioned something about ALS but very few talked about who to donate to and why to donate, etc. After a while and some research I found out that the message has gotten a bit lost along the way. Please go check out the ALS Association website it talks more about the Ice Bucket Challenge, how it was started. The paragraph below on Just what is ALS? was taken directly from the ALS Association website.
Just what is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. 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.
PLEASE GO CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE – The point of this challenge is to spread awareness about ALS so don’t just go dumping buckets of ice over your heads, take a moment and try to learn something NEW! Some of you may know it’s also called Lou Gehrig’s disease…but what else do you know? I took a moment to browse the site and learned that there are three different types of ALS: Sporadic, Familial & Guamanian. Sporadic is the most common in the US. Familial means that it’s inherited and only a small percentage of cases are inherited. Guamanian refers to the high amounts of cases in the 50s that were found in Guam and the Trust Territories in the Pacific.
Anyways, I was challenged to the Ice Bucket Challenge and I’ve taken it – you can find the video on my Facebook page. In my opinion the point of the challenge is to not just raise awareness but to help raise funds. If you don’t step up to the plate and dump a bucket of ice water over yourself in 24 hours then you should try to donate at least $100. If you do dump the water then you should still make some sort of donation. I totally understand that some people are in financially tight situations; we are one of those families, we have a very strict budget because our home in Virginia is on the market and well, we currently live in Texas. I will be making a donation to the Pete Frates Fund and over the next ten days I pledge to contribute 10% of the proceeds from my sales of Jamberry Nails as well.
I really hope that by me taking this challenge on someone has learned a little bit more about ALS.