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The Ice Bucket Challenge

Categories: Celebrities, Lifestyle

The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the world by storm over the past couple of months. If you don’t know, this challenge was put forward by ALS Association to raise money for a cure for ALS. The basis of the challenge is either you pay money to the foundation or you pour a bucket of cold water on your head.

The challenge started as early as May 2014 with what was known as the “cold water challenge”, essentially the same idea, but instead of pouring a bucket on your head, people were challenged to jump into cold water, or donate to a charity of their choice.

ALS became the focus through the challenge of golfer Chris Kennedy to his cousin, whose husband had the disease for 11 years. From there, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started gaining ground, with many celebrities and world leaders taking the challenge.

Among those celebrities and leaders are the British Prime Minister, Former President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, Justin Timberlake, Steven Spielberg, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Conan O’brien, and even William Shatner. President Obama declined the challenge in favor of donating a hundred dollars.

Now that the challenge has gone viral, other organizations are considering adopting this method to raise money and awareness for their cause. Naturally, as diabetes is a big problem in our country, the challenge or some variation of it may soon be used to raise money for diabetes research.

Something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge would create an influx of donations to organizations dedicated to finding a cure for the disease, which actually raised nearly $20 million in one day. While ALS research might be more helpful, given the deadliness and lack of effective medicines, the possibility of something like this in the future would be a great help to diabetics everywhere.

We encourage everyone who is able to donate to ALS, and participate in the challenge to raise awareness for the disease.

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