I would assume most, if not all of us remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that took place a couple of years ago. You can find all kinds of videos on YouTube showing people taking the challenge. There are videos of celebrities taking the challenge, videos of young children taking the challenge, and even compilation videos of “ice bucket fails“. Personally, those fails are my favorites. It does not matter really what your favorite is because they were all for a great cause.
The premise of the Ice Bucket Challenge was to nominate three people to dump ice water over their heads. They could decline and donate or accept the challenge and take the bucket. The great part is that many people accepted the challenge and donated, which is the best part about this. The donations were being made mostly to the ALS association. Numbers can vary, but I have seen estimates of roughly 100 million dollars being donated during the challenge. That is a staggering number and surely a great help to the ALS association.
What the association did with the money is very important as well. It seems that the contributions to various research groups might already be starting to pay off! A gene was found to be linked to the disease. That is certainly a step in the right direction. Every step counts when trying to find a cure for the terrible disease.
How did the Ice Bucket Challenge Begin? It seems that the challenge was not initially tied to a certain charity. However, after someone mentioned the charity of choice being the ALS assication it was sent to a few groups pertaining to ALS. Once it reached Pete Frates and his large group of supporters it really took off and became the phenomenon of the summer. Sometimes you can feel as if your vote or act will not mean anything or it will go unnoticed, I think that is normal. You have to see the big picture and think how much your act combined with millions of other acts can add up to. No matter what you feel about the challenge, you can not argue that it did not work. It helped raise plenty of funds and those funds will be used to help find a treatment or cure.