There are some critics of the #icebucketchallenge but it all started with one guy on an honorable mission trying to fight the good fight; to raise money, awareness and potentially a cure for ALS.
If I'm being honest I need to say that I didn't really know much about ALS before this all started. Sure, I've heard of Lou Gehrig's Disease but I couldn't really speak to it with any depth. After watching more than my share of #icebucketchallenge videos I found myself digging a bit deeper and visiting ALSA.org to know more.
I now know:
- it's a neurological disorder
- there is no cure
- it causes atrophy of the muscles
- that it usually leads to death 2 - 5 years after diagnosis
Because of this I'm left with a few questions:
- What will I do now?
- Will I donate?
- Will I post a video and challenge others to do the same?
- Will I contribute somehow to this just cause?
- Will my behavior and attitudes towards this horrific disease change?
And so... as usual, I'm left with more questions than answers.
- What am I doing to really help others?
- How am I really making our world just a little bit better?
- Am I really using my limited time and resources as effectively as I can be?
In the meantime, I'm on bended knee seeking answers to these questions that are rolling around in my head.