I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is defined as this by the creator, The ALS Association: "The challenge is this: film yourself getting doused with a bucket of ice water, post the video to social media and then nominate your friends to do the same. If you’d rather not have freezing water dumped on your head, you are asked to donate to an ALS charity of your choice." Simple enough right? Who would have known in such a short time this would have turned into a viral sensation, earning over 94 million and climbing.
If you follow this blog you know that I am part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers. A couple days ago I found the entire team was challenged by Monica, the go to person for this great group of people. When I heard her challenge us I panicked. I hate my picture taken, how would I ever publish a video of myself? The feeling of dread was so strong I was starting to feel physically ill, then I thought about it. I remembered Alfred Butler, A family member who died from this terrible disease. I remembered him going from a healthy, active person, to a man who couldn't control his body. I thought him and remembered him trying to talk and the look in his eyes when he couldn't control his mouth enough for the words to form. I thought about the stares and snickers people with ALS endure while going throughout their lives.
Then I thought about Anthony Carbajal. I thought about his Ice Bucket Challenge. I thought about what courage it took him to record his challenge. I thought about the courage it takes him to life his life day to day. If you have not seen his challenge you must watch it from start to finish.
People have been saying that those who take the Ice Bucket Challenge are only looking for attention. You are right I was looking for attention, not for myself, for this awful disease. I have seen the affects of it first hand. If stepping out of my comfort zone for a minute brings awareness to ALS then I am proud to say,
"Challenge accepted Monica!"
The above video was captured with the HTC One M8. Look for thoughts on the phone and how it fits into my life in life in an upcoming post.