ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: What’s the Real Deal?
It was just last week when my Instagram and Facebook feeds boomed with videos of different people splashing themselves with ice cold water, which they call the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”. But how exactly does this challenge work?
A person who does the challenge, will nominate people of his/her choice to do the challenge as well, and gives usually 24 to 48 hours to do challenge, and if they fail to do so, they will have to donate to the ALS Foundation. The cycle goes on and on, but it’s really your free will if you want to donate and do the challenge at the same time.
The reason why this trend started in the first place is in order to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or most commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, wherein the motor neurons in the brain up to the spinal cord are damaged. The reason why you have to pour yourself with ice cold water, is because this is exactly how ALS patients feel whenever their disease hits them harder.
The said challenge has been such a huge trend this week, especially in the United States that different celebrities and political personalities are doing it. The challenge is now being a trend here in the Philippines as one of the most influential personalities, Vice Ganda, did the challenge as well after his performance on It’s Showtime.
George W. Bush doing the challenge
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David Beckham doing the challenge
(Credits to Hello Magazine)
Vice Ganda does the challenge on It’s Showtime
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