Like everyone else I have watched many people take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness. I have honestly rolled my eyes at it and thought, “What a silly stunt”. I started scrolling past them and thought it was just another thing we Americans did to do something stupid. I didn’t bother to even research what it was. Then I watched the special on Sports Center regarding Pete Frates and his story. With tears in my eyes, I saw a young vibrant man overtaken by this horrible disease and then I understood the whole purpose of the challenge. Sure to raise money but to educate people about it. What a simple technique! Pour a bucket of ice cold water over your head while being videotaped, challenge your buddies to do the same, and blam… it takes off!
I felt better and started to enjoy the videos but was thankful no one had challenged me on it UNTIL the other day. I was challenged by my older brother. He has picked on me since the day I was born. Argh! I am one of those donate quietly kind of people. I rarely share about things that I do in regards to helping others because I don’t need the glory and I don’t like to boast. I am not comfortable with it but I know my siblings and they would razz hard core if I didn’t do something. I chose to take if publicly to avoid sibling razzing. I’m weak.
I had to wait until my whole family was home to do it because I wanted them all be involved. I wanted them to know and understand why I was about to pour a bucket of ice cold water over my head. I had my oldest do the main pouring (I figured he would enjoy that more than he did) and the youngest “help”. It’s not a flashy video, but I did it and we have donated as well. I seriously did not grasp how freakishly cold that was going to be. It takes your breath away for a moment. If you care to watch it, you can do so HERE. If not, that’s cool too. Just learn about it and donate if you can. www.alsa.org
I am thinking there are a lot of subjects that our society need to know about and if pouring a bucket of cold water over their heads educates them, I say open up the faucets and go for it!