All this talk about ALS

If you are on social media at all or ever watch the news I am sure you have seen someone do the ice bucket challenge and it is getting both negative and positive talk about it which all in all any talk is good because it is being talked about and that is the point!!

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

It is a very serious disease that many people are suffering with everyday and the disease needs more people to be aware of it, more money raised for it and if some people are annoyed about the ice bucket challenge then I guess it is getting around to many people which means the challenge is working.

I watched a very moving video of an ice bucket challenge that was preformed by a man that was diagnosed with ALS and his mother and grandmother have ALS as well. This video has moved many people and now Ellen DeGeneres has watched it an has invited him to appear on her show which I think is so amazing! You can watch the video here —> http://qpolitical.com/ice-bucket-challenge-end-like-rest-gotta-see/

Some have written comments saying why are people dumping a bucket of ice water on their head instead of donating… well the thing of it is; is that MANY of those people doing the ice bucket challenge are donating as well- maybe not $100 but they are donating and spreading the word to more people by nominating people to complete this challenge as well.

I was challenge by a very old friend of mine who is “too cool” for facebook and he not only challenged me to do the ice bucket challenge but if I decided to accept the challenge to donate $10 as well and to nominate 10 people to do the same thing. Thank you Brandon!!!

So I accepted the challenge and I nominated my brother Brian, my grandma Susan, my grandpa Al, my amazing friends Hank, Kara, Jenny, Fred, JR, Cora and Brittny.

They have 24 hours to accept the challenge and donate $10 to http://www.alsa.org/ and take a bucket of ice water over their head and of course nominate 10 people as well.

A friend of mine from work filmed my ice bucket challenge and since the bucket was so heavy decided to dump it over my head as well. Thanks for that :)

Here are some photos:

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By the way… I am still cold!

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