If you’re going to get soaked in ice cold water, you best be doing it for a bloody good reason… or a Scotsman, heading out to the loch for a dip.
As I’m not the latter, it’s safe to presume I’m taking part in the highly popular chain charity challenge which has somehow managed to avoid me by now – but a couple of nominees have made damn sure that that wasn’t going to stay that way.
I’d like to thank @TheGeekiary, @TraviTravMc and @angel_kink on the tweets for calling me out (along with my fellow nominees Megan Gotch (The Nerdy Girlie) and Tony B. Kim (Crazy 4 Comic Con) – time to step up, you two!) but I’d also like to thank the ALS charity for starting this thing off in the first place. Any awareness in the public eye of this crippling, destructive disease is worthwhile.
There have been many videos uploaded as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but none of them got to me as much as this one that I’ve linked below. It starts with what seems like one of the thousands of brilliant contributors to the cause but, at the two minute mark, where I’ve link-started this vid, it becomes apparent that Anthony Carbajal‘s story is a more personal one than most and really illustrates how damaging ALS is – and how marginalised a disease it has become.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – referred to in the UK as motor neurone disease (MND) or, in the United States, Lou Gehrig‘s disease – is a condition that literally robs people of their lives, their control, their dignity. It’s a horrible disease and more should be done to discover why it happens in family lines, why it occurs in the first place and what can be done to prevent it.
I’ve thrown a bucket of ice cold water over my head and thrown some money into that bucket for the cause – I really hope you’ll do the same. Especially the three other individuals that I’ve passed on the challenge to – John Peters, David Glanzer and Eddie Ibrahim of Comic-Con International. What do you say, chaps? Outside of the San Diego Convention Center would be a nice touch!
Find out more about ALS, and how you can contribute to the cause, at alsa.org