So yeah, I was recently nominated to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…to which I responded with a video.
If you don’t have time to watch the 2 minute video, here’s a written paraphrase:
“I’ve officially been challenged by my friend Jonatan Pitkonen in Sweden to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Basically, I think the challenge was a good idea at first and I think that people did it to raise awareness. I think it’s been receiving the awareness that it needs so I won’t be dumping ice water on my head today. Since the initial purpose of it was to raise awareness I think people should know that ALS is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or #Lou Gehrig’s Disease for short. It’s where the motor neurons that fire from the brain to various parts of the spinal chord (and are re-fired to other muscles of the body) don’t receive those signals and eventually die…which causes the person to suffer severe paralysis and possibly death.”
“It’s not pretty. And for a lot of families that we know, and people we don’t know, they deal with this every day.”
“I think not only bringing awareness to it but also donating what you can to help possibly one day find a cure (or at least to do the necessary research towards that goal) is a good thing, and I’m all for that. Even though I don’t feel drawing attention to oneself by becoming wet on public media is necessary unless of course you are donating money as well…then it’s fun, brings awareness and raises funds. I’m not officially going to nominate anyone, I’ll simply nominate everyone who’d like to donate to this cause that feels that they want to do so from their own hearts and their own spirits.”
“I also nominate those of you that are dumping buckets of ice water on yourselves to donate money instead.”