Up until this evening, I hadn't done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge personally but have enjoyed watching my friends and family as they post their videos and "nominate" their friends. One thing I haven't learned by watching all these fun and energetic videos is this, what does ALS stand for? If everyone is pouring ice water over their heads for this cause, shouldn't the emphasis be on what ALS is so we can better raise awareness and funds to help those affected. I know after I watched a few videos, I found myself on Google hoping to learn more about ALS.
According to the ALS Association's website, "Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed." What is ALS?
So whether you've done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or not, I hope this blog helpa you learn what ALS is, providea you with some helpful links to learn more, and encourages you to support ALS either monetarily or by increasing awareness. Regardless of which you choose, or if you do both, I hope those with ALS are encouraged by the outpouring of support for them through this initiative.
When I first wrote this blog, it read, "I haven't been nominated to do this challenge, although I've been asked, 'Lis, do you want to do the challenge. I'll nominate you.' by a friend. I told him 'No, thanks anyway.'" BUT, within the hours between writing this blog and posting it, my sister-in-law, Rose, nominated me and my husband's brother-in-law, Scott, and his cousin, Debbie, nominated him. So, instead of doing it as part of this blog ~ we did it as a couple because we were challenged. God has a sense of humor doesn't He?
I'm thankful for the amazing friends and family I have in my life. I'm thankful for the health in my body and freedom from the intense pain patients affected by ALS live with on a daily basis. It is my absolute pleasure to be a tiny part of increasing awareness of ALS, aka "Lou Gehrig's Disease", and hopefully bring a smile to your face today. A special thanks to Mags for taping this for us.
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To dump ice water over one's head might seem silly to some
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323