Even the other day on Facebook I commented on how much I enjoyed the Ice Bucket Challenge and what a great way it has been used to raise awareness. The response I received from one person was:
“Except it existed before ALS commandeered it. Plus dumping ice on yourself was a way to avoid giving to charity.”
Obviously he was right. The ALS organization didn’t create this, but like all great things they perfected it!
Another idiot said we should take the money we spend on ice and donate that to the ALS charity. I’m not sure the going price for ice, but I doubt it would be as much as what the ALS organization has received.
Yes, dumping ice on your head was a way to avoid giving to charity, but look at these stats according to the New York Times:
As of August 17th, the ALS association said it received $13.3 million in donations since July 29th (compared with $1.7 million during the same time last year). There have also been more than 260,000 new donors.
I agree, ice dumping may have been a way to avoid giving to charity, but it has raised more more $11.6 million and thousands of new donors. I declare this a success!
The awareness is so great my six year old son has been asking me about Lou Gehrig’s disease. Yesterday I explained to him the little I know about it and today he randomly told me hopes someone finds a cure for it so no one has to die from it anymore.
For reasons I cannot understand (besides some people being miserable human beings) the ice bucket challenge has upset them. I say…Keep the Ice Bucket Challenge going. Post your videos on Facebook…piss these people off even more and raise millions for ALS!
Who knows…we may even find a cure!
Have you done the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE? If not, I dare you!
Now just to remember why we have done this challenge, I have included the reason below: