The Ice Bucket Challenge

My friend Sean challenged me to this, and I put him off initially because it was pouring rain outside, and that gave me time to think. First of all, I’ve never been a fan of peer pressure giving. I’m very, very careful about my charitable giving, and vet the foundation before I give. Secondly, I don’t talk about it. It’s not a matter for boasting. Finally, I was uncomfortable with the concept of publically calling out and shaming other people into taking the challenge.

So here it is. I will be making a small donation to the ALS cause, there will be no ice bath in my near future, and I’m not nominating others. If you feel moved to give, do so. But don’t let ‘your right hand know what your left hand does’ and if you want to take an ice bath, have fun, make a video, and we will all laugh along with you.

In the meantime, I’m fairly sure that the vast majority of people taking this challenge don’t actually know what ALS means.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a degenerative nerve disease that slowly kills the nerves, leaving the sufferer paralyzed in time, but before that, they slowly lose feeling and control of their extremities. Sometimes known as Lou Geherig’s Disease after a famous baseball player who fell victim to it, it’s untreatable, and palliative care is all that is currently possible. Some people have life-threatening cases, others do not.

I am hoping that the funds being donated to this cause are used toward developing the technology and medicine we need to see nerve damage being reversed. There are many diseases and injuries that could be benefited by that.


4 thoughts on “The Ice Bucket Challenge

    • It took me a while to formulate my thoughts. I mean, it’s fun, and the First Reader and I dousing one another in the backyard for the blog initially seemed like a harmless joke. But… I hate following along with a trend.


      • It is so easy to follow, or not follow, as the knee-jerk reaction to it, rather than making a decision based outside both of those reactions — to do a reaction rather than an action. You remind us how important it is to act, rather than react, as our response. I applaud your action.


  1. Thank you Cedar. Firstly, I am glad to see a small group of people coming to their senses about this. Yes, it raises awareness, but how does it actually help? Secondly, according to the Son, charity is to be given anonymously. (which is why anything I donate – money, clothes or time – is never written off on my taxes.)


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