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ALS education and awareness rightfully take a backseat to raising money for cause

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After watching countless Ice Bucket Challenge videos, I am not at all ashamed to admit that I had to look up that ALS stood for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis before writing this piece. Also referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” ALS is a neurodegenerative disease, which means that nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord are deteriorated, taking away your limbs, your ability to speak, your ability to breathe, and finally your life. Most people die in two to five years from initial diagnosis.

While awareness and education have increased some from the challenge, I don’t think that’s really what the point of taking the challenge. It’s not helping anyone to know the details of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or how many people die from it a year, the brilliance is that the Ice Bucket Challenge puts the ALS Association on the map as a charity worthy of donations.

The strategy is simple: reminiscent of email chain letters, the Ice Bucket Challenge propagates itself via not just requiring the participant to respond, but to challenge others to do the same. Once challenged, a person can dump a bucket of ice water on their head, donate money to the ALS Association, or do both. I should note that you aren’t going to have ten years of bad luck if you don’t do either- there’s no punishment for not responding.

Whether a person donates or not, whether they are doing it just because they want to show off their swimsuit body or to feel like they’re cool, by participating, they’re challenging others that could donate. Their intentions don’t matter so much as that they are spreading it. As long as people keep challenging others, given enough participants and a good enough cause, the organization is sure to be raising money to help people with ALS.

And money has been raised. The numbers speak for themselves as, according to the ALS Association website, the association has seen “$79.7 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to Aug. 25). These donations have come from existing donors and 1.7 million new donors to the association.”

Whether you take the Ice Bucket Challenge and choose to dump a bucket of ice water on your head, donate money to the ALS association, or both, you’re still helping raise money just by challenging others and helping find a cure for ALS.

See the other side.

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19 Responses to “ALS education and awareness rightfully take a backseat to raising money for cause”

  1. Jacqueline Primrose on September 2nd, 2014 4:26 am

    I was not sure how the Ice Bucket Challenge was helping ALS. Thanks for this article, it is good to know that it has made a tremendous difference. I am now more aware of people who suffer from ALS and the research that’s being conducted. I am also more painfully aware that the people who suffer from it don’t have a lot of time to wait for a cure! I don’t see myself doing the Ice Bucket Challenge, but I will do my best to support the cause by giving and raising money and awareness whenever I can. A good start to educating yourself on ALS is to watch the Netflix movie, “”So Much, So Fast”.

  2. Wellity Morgan on June 17th, 2015 3:26 pm

    I Am Mrs wellity, i live in Texas (USA).
    [READ MY STORY. ON HOW I GOT MY ALS CURED].
    Truthfully, i was tested ALS positive last 3years. I keep on managing the drugs i usually purchase from the health care agency to keep me healthy and strong, i tried all i can too make this disease leave me alone, but unfortunately, it keep on eating up my life, this is what i caused myself, So last few 4days i came in contact with a lively article on the internet on how this Powerful Herbal Healer get her well and healed. So as a patient i knew this will took my life 1 day, and i need to live with other friends and relatives too. So i copied out the Dr ezomo the traditional healer’s, and I mailed him immediately, in a little while he mail me back that i was welcome to his temple home where by all what i seek for are granted. I was please at that time. And i continue with him, he took some few details from me and told me that he shall get back to me as soon as he is through with my work. I was very happy as heard that from him. So Yesterday, as i was just coming from my friends house, Dr ezomo called me to go for checkup in the hospital and see his marvelous work that it is now ALS negative, i was very glad to hear that from him, so i quickly rush down to the nearest hospital to found out, only to hear from my hospital doctor called Browning Lewis that i am now ALS NEGATIVE. I jump up at him with the test note, he ask me how does it happen and i decide to him all i went through with Dr ezomo. I am now glad, so i am a gentle type of person that need to share this testimonies to everyone who seek for healings, because once you get calm and quiet, so the disease get to finish your life off. So i will advice you contact him today for your healing at the above details: Email : drezomospellhome@hotmail.com..: AS HE IS SO POWERFUL AND HELPFUL TO ALL THAT HAVE THIS SICKNESS

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    1. HIV/AIDS
    2. HERPES
    3. CANCER
    4. ALS
    5. Love spell
    6. Money Spell

  9. Jerry Ruiz on October 26th, 2015 7:42 pm

    i want to thank Lord Alika for the herbal HIV medicine he gave to me and my daughter, i was suffering from HIV when i gave birth to my daughter and that was how my daughter got the sickness indirect from me, but to God be the glory that i am heal with the herbal medicine that Lord Alika gave to me when i contacted him. i want to use this medium to tell everyone that the solution to our sickness has come, so i will like you to contact this great healer on his email address: lordalikaspelltemple@yahoo.co.uk with him all your pains will be gone, i am really happy today that i and my daughter are cured of HIV, we are now negative after the use of his medicine,my doctor confirm it. once more i say a big thank to you Lord Alika for healing hands upon my life and my daughter, i say may God continue to bless you abundantly and give you more power to keep helping those that want your help in their lives. email him now he is waiting to receive you. lordalikaspelltemple@yahoo.co.uk or http://lordalikaspelltemp8.wix.com/http call him +2348072718865

    Lord Alika CAN AS WELL CURE THE FOLLOWING DISEASE:-

    1. HIV/AIDS
    2. HERPES
    3. CANCER
    4. ALS
    5. Love spell
    6. Money Spell

  10. Sharons Kuepers on October 28th, 2015 5:27 pm

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    spell without result.His powers are really amazing and i enjoyed the
    satisfaction i gained from using his spell. He is really gifted with power
    to help people with their various problems. His email is
    drapelsolutionhome@gmail.com.

  11. Sharons Kuepers on October 28th, 2015 5:27 pm

    Contact Dr Apel, for any kinds of problem…such as HERPES,
    HIV/AID,CANCER,LOVE SPELL,GOOD JOB, ALS CURE,ETC…
    I wish i have found this spell caster earlier before spending my money on
    spell without result.His powers are really amazing and i enjoyed the
    satisfaction i gained from using his spell. He is really gifted with power
    to help people with their various problems. His email is
    drapelsolutionhome@gmail.com.

  12. Sharons Kuepers on October 28th, 2015 5:27 pm

    Hello every body,,i want to use this medium to testify on how i got cured from my Brest cancer,I was diagnose with Brest cancer 4 years ago, and ever since i have done a lot of Chemo and Radiation that have not helped me, until one day, I came across testimony in the internet on how (Dr Apel) heals cancer patient and A.L.S. patient,E.T.C I contacted him,and i follow the instruction he gave to me, to my greatest surprise after five day i was free from my Brest cancer. I’m now here to testify that am No more a cancer patient, and now am so much happy, if you are in need of help for your ALS CURE , CANCER OR HIV&AIDS,HERPES, contact him now.(drapelsolutionhome@gmail.com)to get your miraculous Herbal cured.my Brest cancer is responding to treatment of herbal and the health condition have improved drastically for good.you can call him:(+2347059822379)

  13. Sharons Kuepers on October 28th, 2015 5:27 pm

    Hello every body,,i want to use this medium to testify on how i got cured from my Brest cancer,I was diagnose with Brest cancer 4 years ago, and ever since i have done a lot of Chemo and Radiation that have not helped me, until one day, I came across testimony in the internet on how (Dr Apel) heals cancer patient and A.L.S. patient,E.T.C I contacted him,and i follow the instruction he gave to me, to my greatest surprise after five day i was free from my Brest cancer. I’m now here to testify that am No more a cancer patient, and now am so much happy, if you are in need of help for your ALS CURE , CANCER OR HIV&AIDS,HERPES, contact him now.(drapelsolutionhome@gmail.com)to get your miraculous Herbal cured.my Brest cancer is responding to treatment of herbal and the health condition have improved drastically for good.you can call him:(+2347059822379)

  14. Monique Mia on November 15th, 2015 5:12 am

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  15. Monique Mia on November 15th, 2015 5:12 am

    There are herbal therapies that could totally eradicate this virus from the body meanwhile there has been proofs and lots of testimonies to that effect. A friend referred me to one Dr. Max Yayan from Africa who cured her boyfriend from Cancer and told me that he could cure me from Genital Herpes. At first i never believed until i did made contact with him and told me not to worry that he will help me out, I received the cure from him through FedEx Air Courier Services Company. But to my surprise it work and my doctor confirmed it too who could believe that a herbal medicine can cure herpes so if you have any problem or you are also infected with Genital Herpes or any disease, kindly contact him now with his Email: drmaxyayanspellcaster@gmail.com or call him on +2347054323588

  16. Lucious Walker on November 23rd, 2015 3:57 pm

    Hello good day everyone am out here to share a testimony on how i cured my ALS. I have been suffering from this disease for the past 2 years now and there was know cure but i was given drug then to prevent it. I was really looking for help to cure my ALS because i know that is going to take my life so i went to the internet to search for help when i saw this great spell caster website: http://authenticspellcast1.wix.com/authenticspellcaste and i took a good look on the website where i found he wrote that he can cure HIV, Cancer, Herpes, syphilis and all kind of diseases so i contacted him if he can help me cure my own ALS disease, and he mailed me and tell me that i should not worry that i am in the right place where i can cure my ALS disease and he asked me to fill some details, which i did and he mailed me that he is going to prepare a herbal medicine for me, and i said ok because he knows the best, and when he was done preparing the herbal medicine he mailed me that he is done that he is going to send me the herbal medicine which i really received and he told me to be drinking it every morning and evening and that when it is finish that i should go for check and i said ok, i followed the instruction he gave me and when it got finished i quickly went to the hospital for check up and the my doctor told me that i have know ALS and that i am negative i was so very happy that i have been cured from the deadly disease. And i also want to use this opportunity to thank Dr. Believe and anybody out there that is suffering form any kind of deadly disease should contact Dr. Believe on his email address: Authenticspellcast@hotmail.com or Authenticspellcast@yahoo.com or call his mobile number: +1 (541) 497-7939

  17. Lucious Walker on November 23rd, 2015 3:57 pm

    Hello good day everyone am out here to share a testimony on how i cured my ALS. I have been suffering from this disease for the past 2 years now and there was know cure but i was given drug then to prevent it. I was really looking for help to cure my ALS because i know that is going to take my life so i went to the internet to search for help when i saw this great spell caster website: http://authenticspellcast1.wix.com/authenticspellcaste and i took a good look on the website where i found he wrote that he can cure HIV, Cancer, Herpes, syphilis and all kind of diseases so i contacted him if he can help me cure my own ALS disease, and he mailed me and tell me that i should not worry that i am in the right place where i can cure my ALS disease and he asked me to fill some details, which i did and he mailed me that he is going to prepare a herbal medicine for me, and i said ok because he knows the best, and when he was done preparing the herbal medicine he mailed me that he is done that he is going to send me the herbal medicine which i really received and he told me to be drinking it every morning and evening and that when it is finish that i should go for check and i said ok, i followed the instruction he gave me and when it got finished i quickly went to the hospital for check up and the my doctor told me that i have know ALS and that i am negative i was so very happy that i have been cured from the deadly disease. And i also want to use this opportunity to thank Dr. Believe and anybody out there that is suffering form any kind of deadly disease should contact Dr. Believe on his email address: Authenticspellcast@hotmail.com or Authenticspellcast@yahoo.com or call his mobile number: +1 (541) 497-7939

  18. Sandra Harry on November 28th, 2015 1:12 pm

    Truthfully, i was tested ALS positive last 2years. I keep on managing the drugs i usually purchase from the health care agency to keep me healthy and strengthen, i tried all i can too make this disease leave me alone, but unfortunately, it keep on eating up my life, this is what i caused myself, So last few 4days i came in contact with a lively article on the internet on how this Powerful Herbal Healer get her well and healed. So as a patient i knew this will took my life 1 day, and i need to live with other friends and relatives too. So i copied out the Dr Ehi the traditional healer’s email id: drudebhuluherbalhome@gmail.com, and I mailed him immediately, in a little while he mail me back that i was welcome to his temple home whereby all what i seek for are granted. I was please at that time. And i continue with him, he took some few details from me and told me that he shall get back to me as soon as he is through with my work. I was very happy as heard that from him. So Yesterday, as i was just coming from my friends house, Dr Ehi called me to go for checkup in the hospital and see his marvelous work that it is now ALS negative, i was very glad to hear that from him, so i quickly rush down to the nearest hospital to found out, only to hear from my hospital doctor called Browning Lewis that i am now ALS NEGATIVE. I jump up at him with the test note, he ask me how does it happen and i reside to him all i went through with Dr Ehi. I am now glad, so i am a gentle type of person that need to share this testimonies to everyone who seek for healing s, because once you get calm and quiet, so the disease get to finish your life off. So i will advice you contact him today for your healing at the above details: Email ID: drudebhuluherbalhome@gmail.com… CONTACT HIM NOW TO SAVE YOUR LIFE:

  19. Kimberly Christopher on December 7th, 2015 4:42 pm

    Greetings to everyone reading this testimony, I am Kimberly Christopher i am here to testify of a great man who was able to cure me permanently from Hiv Disease just with his herbal medicine,i have been HIV Positive for 5 years before i came arcross Dr Ijagba Email on the internet on how he has been using his herbal medicine to treat and cure patients from different virus, so i contacted him and i explain to him concerning my problem, i followed up with the instructions he gave me and he urge me to have faith in his words that he was going to restore my health back, after some couple of days Dr Ijagba sent me some medicine which he gave me prescription on how to take for 2 weeks, to make the long story short, I have been confirmed Negative from my recent test in the hospital, just within 2 weeks Dr Ijagba was able to make me healthy and see reasons to live again, though science says there is no cure, i believe God has sent this great man to save people, you can all contact him for his medicine, he has presently been treating diseases like, HERPES,CANCER,BLOOD DISEASE,DIABETES,HIV,TYPHOID, and many others, you can contact this man on ( herbalhealingmedicinehome@gmail.com ) or you can call him on +2348143044267.
    God Bless you sire!

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