My friend nominated me for the A.L.S. Ice Bucket 2014 Challenge. I weighed my options carefully - donate $100.00 or donate a smaller sum and record myself telling my viewers to go to alsa.org … while dumping a bucket of ice water over my head.
I appreciate that the stunt’s viral nature is meant to encourage spreading the cause, but truthfully I’ve felt conflicted as to whether or not the message is getting lost in the icy shenanigans. Honestly, I didn’t know what A.L.S. was and the videos didn’t teach me a thing about it.
As a recent grad working part time and struggling to get my career off the ground, $100 is my entire month’s paycheck once my bills are paid — I’m 23 and still live with my parents and don’t have a car. I am more than happy to donate money, and I will be giving what I can, but $100.00 is more than I can afford.
So, rather than play by the rules I made my own. I invested my time and skills into researching A.L.S. and taught myself about the condition. This is my solution. This page is 11x 8.5 ” and can be printed and folded into a booklet. Assemble and pass around. Share knowledge, encourage empathy, understand that people affected deserve a cure. And if you can, donate! Create your own solution to generate interest and understanding!
And if you partake in the Ice Bucket Challenge, be sure to include information and stress what this trend is really all about!!
Peep these links:
Mick Ebeling’s TED Talk, Not Impossible Foundation, & The Ebeling Group