Aishah Ansari

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21, 2014

If you're one who spend time on social media, then you are probably familiar with the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge". The videos and hashtag for the #ALSICEBUCKETCHALLENGE have become a widespread internet sensation over the summer. For those of you who don't know, the Ice Bucket challenge is a challenge that one is elected for by a friend, you must pour a bucket of ice water over your head within 24 hours or make a donation to the ALS association. 

Oprah Winfrey has accepted the challenge, and so has Tom Cruise. LeBron James took on the challenge, and I'm guessing many of your friends have too. 

The #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon, was created to garner both awareness and support for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, it is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. I have seen on my various social media news feeds, people expressing their opinion about how {the challenge} "it's not important" or it's "dumb". While, I strongly believe that the association would benefit more from a donation more than dumping a bucket of ice cold water on myself, I wanted to see how much of a difference the Ice Bucket Challenge has made.
Here are a few facts...
  • The website states "FIGHT ALS WITH THE #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE" Take the challenge, donate and help us create a world without ALS.
    All videos I have seen say to accept the challenge within 24 hours OR donate. So, the rules have been construed while being passed on through social media.
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong with $31.5 Million in donations to the ALS Association {as of August 20, 2014}
  • Prior to the widespread internet sensation of the Ice Bucket Challenge, public awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was relatively limited.
    {all information above provided by}

After a lot of research I can see that the ice bucket challenge has made a big difference and has helped this organization. I sincerely hope that those who do not know what ALS is, inform themselves before doing the challenge, or take a bigger step and donate- because that's what the association needs most. But yes, by doing this challenge you are helping shed light on a disease that really needs it. 

Personally, I would want to know why I'm dumping a bucket of ice water over myself-
What is it? Who is affected by it? Why are they affected? Is there a cure? How else can I help?
Get informed & stay informed!

In all honesty, this video is just amazing, and says a lot- especially because it's coming from someone with ALS

I did not mean to offend anyone, but share my personal thoughts on this subject.

xo Aishah Ansari

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