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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Slapping ALS in the face one donation at a time

It was only a matter of time before I got nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I love the idea. As I watched it happen more and more, I started thining about what it would be like to one day wake up and be given the diagnosis of having Amyotroohic Lateral Sclerosis, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. My brother-in-law is famous in our family for once actually uttering, "Whoa, Lou Gehrig got Lou Gehrig's Disease? I bet he didn't see that one coming."

Here is a little info on ALS from alsa.org:

Just what is ALS?

Ice Bucket Challenge
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 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.

Instead of showering myself with ice-cold water in the name of charity, I decided to take it a step further and give my unwitting friend a hurricane shot. What is a hurricane shot? Oh, click away and see for yourself:

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I did this because ALS is something you don't see coming and is a true diagnostic slap in the face. If you are offended by this, you should be more offended that it took a silly challenge to bring to light a devastating condition that ends the lives of amazing people every day.

So learn more about ALS. Then donate. I did.

I nominate Ilana from Mommy Shorts, Amy from Pregnant Chicken and Jill from Scary Mommy.

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