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The Ice Bucket Challenge: What Is It Really About?

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 22, 2014 at 7:10 AM

We’ve all seen the countless videos on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc. of people pouring buckets of ice cold water over their heads and then challenging their friends, or enemies, to do the same. This is all great and fun, but the issue is, many of these people who are taking on this challenge are failing to explain what it is all about. This leads to many people who are a bit confused and, honestly, a bit annoyed by all of the videos of people pouring buckets of water over themselves. So we are here to help you out. Here is what the Ice Bucket challenge is all about!


So, What is the Ice Bucket Challenge About?


The Ice Bucket Challenge isn’t as crazy as it looks. It is actually a creative way to raise awareness for a great cause. It is an effort to raise awareness for ALS, which is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease of the nerve cells that are in the spinal cord and the brain that have control over the muscle movement that is voluntary. Now you will understand why all of these people online and throwing buckets of ice water over their heads. They aren’t just crazy, they are doing it for a great cause!

How Does the Ice Bucket Challenge Work?


So, once again, it is to raise awareness for the terrible disease known as ALS. Those who participate in the challenge have to pour a bucket of ice cold water over their heads, or have a friend do it for them, and then they have to challenge other people to do the same. Those who participate donate $10, or more if they are financially able, and those who either cannot participate or do not want to, donate $100 to the ALS association.

How did the Ice Bucket Challenge Begin?


The Ice Bucket Challenge, which raises awareness for ALS, had its start on social media. A baseball player from the U.S. and a guy named Pete Frates, who is an ALS patient, had the idea to make up a challenge on a video that was posted on social media. They challenged people to pour an ice cold bucket of water over their heads and to also donate money to the cause. The rest is history!

How Big Has the Challenge Become?


The turnout for the challenge made by the baseball player and the ALS patient has been huge. Since the beginning of June, more than 1.3 million videos of people doing the Ice Bucket challenge were shared on Facebook alone. Also, since July, there have been over 2.2 million mentions of the challenge on Twitter and it has been trending for months. If you do not have a Twitter or are not involved on social media, we apologize for all of the social media slang. In normal words, the challenge has become huge!

Explain ALS in More Detail


Some articles have come out since the challenge from families that have family members who have ALS. These families are not at all upset about the challenge. They think it is a great thing! However, they do want to make sure that people understand exactly what ALS is. Yes, it is a terrible disease, but they want them to understand exactly what ALS patients suffer from. The article says to imagine what it would be pike to pick up a 10 pound weight and use it as a fork, this is what ALS patients feel when they try to eat. Also, ALS patients have to have their family members or close friends help them get dressed every day, help them shower, and help them brush their teeth. These are just a few things that can help you understand exactly what it is like to suffer from ALS.


The Ice Bucket Challenge is a great thing for a great cause! It is a great idea to participate in it and to donate to ALS, but it is also a great thing to know exactly what you are donating to! Now you know, so carry on and have fun throwing that bucket of water over your head, just don’t forget to donate as well!


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