Watch Me Take the Ice Bucket Challange
I've been seeing these seemingly silly videos all over the internet of dudes and ladies dumping ice water on their heads for what seemed like nothing. Then, I got the dreaded @ notification... Taylor Graham, former Sounders FC player and current awesome dude, had challenged me and Ross Fletcher:
Ok, so here's the challenge, in 24 hours, I had to do one of two things: 1. Pour freezing cold water on my head 2. Donate (suggested $100). I don't have 100 bucks because I had like 50 beers earlier this month... So...
If you just wanna make a donationbecause you're into fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) go here.
UPDATE: I'm catching a lot of s*** for this because I'm "not actually doing anything". I totally donated money, too, dicks.
Taylor Graham's video is way crazier than mine:
So Manley and I were discussing, does this actually do anything? According to ALSA.org, yes!
"Between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both. Contributions further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease.
"We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative."
With only about half of the general public knowledgeable about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge is making a profound difference. Since July 29, The Association has welcomed more than 70,000 new donors to the cause.
"While the monetary donations are absolutely incredible,” said Newhouse, “the visibility that this disease is getting as a result of the challenge is truly invaluable. People who have never before heard of ALS are now engaged in the fight to find treatments and a cure for ALS.""