The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – it’s all over the internet. People around the world post videos of themselves pouring buckets filled with ice-cold water on their heads. I was nominated by my friend Angela Alfonso to do the challenge so I agreed. You might be wondering whether or not I’m joining the bandwagon, or if I’m doing the sole purpose of the challenge. Here’s the buzz about it.
What is ALS?
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a disorder that damages motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons are nerve cells that control muscle movement. Upper motor neurons send messages from the brain to the spinal cord, and lower motor neurons send messages from the spinal cord to the muscles. Motor neurons are an important part of the body’s neuromuscular system. It is not contagious but anyone can have it regardless of age or gender. In fact, 90% of patients struck with ALS are not inherited. ALS is also called the Lou Gerig’s disease, named after a hall-of-fame baseball player from New York City who was diagnosed with it in the 1930’s. Other famous ALS sufferers included Stephen Hawking and Morrie Schwartz (from Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie)
Sources: http://www.alsbc.ca/what-als | http://kidshealth.org/kid/grownup/conditions/als.html
What’s the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
This “challenge” is simply an activity to promote awareness of ALS and to consider donations to [cancer] research. At first, it was a task to either do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (alternative: jump into cold water) or donate but you could do both. Nowadays, many perform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge without knowing the real reason behind it.
Why I did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,
Growing up, I was already involved with World Vision and UNICEF. I would keep coin banks and donate it every year to these organizations. Today, I want to do my part in donating to the ALS foundations as well. Doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was only a fun and creative way of mine to spread awareness and keeping you (yes, my dear reader) in the know of what ALS is. Keeping up with the trend of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge trend all over the social media wasn’t what I was aspiring for. Hopefully, me doing this challenge could also let you consider donating as well. (This is not a way of persuasion, take note!)
This is my video. (BTW, to the people I nominated, you guys have 24 hours! Good luck!)