Grade 10 student
Christ The King Catholic Secondary
RECENTLY I was nominated by a friend to participate in a trending challenge. The challenge is known as the ALS ice bucket challenge. It’s to raise awareness about a medical condition known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed.
After being nominated by my friend and researching about this ice bucket challenge, I decided that I really wanted to do it. I had lots of time to think about how I was going to situate myself during the challenge and decided at first that I would use a recycling bin filled with cold water and ice. But it didn’t work so well because the water would pour out of four holes in the bin, which decreased the amount of water.
I decided to use a bucket instead filled to the top with cold water and ice. It was probably the coldest part of this whole summer because that ice was extremely cold and I was extremely tempted to scream in the video. It was for a great cause and I decided to go ahead and nominate people myself. I nominated anyone that liked Peace Welcome Club on facebook to participate in this challenge if a friend hadn’t nominated them already.
This challenge was a great highlight and a cool way to end off the summer as school is quickly approaching. With the money that’s been donated to ALS and the videos that have been put up, ALS has raised a total of $22.9 million so far. Friends have probably already introduced it to you, but my mission has always been to put it across all the social media platforms that you are a part of. Use twitter, instagram, facebook, linkedin, snapchat, whatsapp and even blackberry messenger to convey your message and raise awareness to help find a cure for this disease that millions have lost their lives to.
Let’s do this one ice bucket at a time #ALSicebucketchallenge!