The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS – Cindy Gets Doused! [VIDEO]
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The Ice Bucket Challenge is quickly becoming an internet phenomenon! Since it supports a great cause, calling attention to ALS, we said ‘Let’s do it!’ Somehow ‘Let’s’ became ‘ME,’ but, hey, it was cool! Er…..COLD!!
The Ice Bucket Challenge started with 29-year-old Pete Frates of Beverley, Massachusetts. Pete has ALS and wanted to find a creative way to make people aware of this debilitating disease. His stunt has now become a national sensation, and is spreading across Facebook like wildfire!
For anyone who doesn’t know, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. In other words, a person’s muscles and nerve functions slowly, one by one, stop working. In the final stages of this illness, victims can no longer talk, walk, or move. The tragic twist is that a patient’s brain stays intact, so they are, quite literally, trapped inside a body that’s shutting down.
I was more than happy to take part since my former boss died from the disease and one of my classmates is currently dealing with it. I talk about that before being doused by water.
How was it? COLD! Bracing! And, honestly, I didn’t realize how MUCH water and ice were in that bucket. I thought it would never end! This challenge is not for everyone because it’s quite jarring to your system. If you want to help out but think we’re all nuts for getting doused in ice water (and you might be right!), you’re invited to make a donation to the ALS charity of your choice.
One final note….it’s not only a challenge for us, but we’re tasked with challenging someone else. In may case, it’s a former employee of Q-106.5 who likes to say that he’s up for just about anything. So…..watch the video….see who I challenged…and then let him know….it’s HIS turn!