Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, or you are part of a handful of people who have yet to join the virtual world that is social media, you have probably heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. There has been quite a bit of debate about this challenge. There are the supporters who say that the trend has raised more money for ALS the ever before, but then there are those who see the challenge as simply an excuse for people to make a video and see how many likes they can get. I am not going to get into the pros and cons of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but I did want to share the reasons why I chose to participate.
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Having a disability does not make me a saint. I am by no means a terrible person, but I am also not the kind of person that spends all her free time and money helping others. I spend a lot of money on crap. Some of this crap does end up being for other people; but if we’re being totally honest, most of it is for me. I also spend a lot of time doing things that really only benefit me and making excuses as to why I don’t have time to do things for others. Sure, I have rounded up my change at CVS, and I give to Purple Heart twice a year when I do my spring/fall cleaning, but for the most part I am pretty self-absorbed. I don’t mean to be this way, it just sort of happens, and I am willing to admit it because I know I am not the only one.
So, the first reason I did the Ice Bucket Challenge is simply because I felt I should spend some of my time and money on something important; helping fund research to cure a disease that takes away a person’s independence, and ultimately their lives, seemed like a noble cause. Even if it wasn’t much, it was better than nothing.
My second reason for participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is that it was easy. The most difficult part was waiting for my water to turn into ice. After that, all I had to do was pour ice water on my head while my husband videotaped it; which for some reason he took great pleasure in. Oh yea, did I mention I HATE the cold? I knew I would never willingly torture myself without at least some good coming out of it. After I posted the video, I went over to www.ALSA.org and made my donation.
The last reason I decided to do the challenge is because I knew the donation would only continue to grow if I chose to participate. Since I accepted The Challenge, I got to nominate three friends to take The Challenge as well. I chose Stephanie, Bryan and Cathleen, who all accepted, so I essentially tripled my donation.
If you have never heard of ALS or the Ice Bucket Challenge, you can go to www.alsa.org to learn more.