During the hot summer months, dumping a bucket of ice over your head is sure to cool you down. But you know what? It also can help further an important cause.
29-year-old Pete Frates, who used to work as Boston College’s baseball captain, is the man who came up with the Ice Bucket Challenge. Pete was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also sometimes called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and that’s a disease that negatively impacts the nerve cells found in your brain and your spinal cord. It may lead to physical paralysis and death.
Despite how serious the disease is, many people don’t know much about it. They might have heard of it under the name Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but they might not be aware of what all it does and how much more research needs to be done in order to find a cure.
And so Pete ingeniously came up with something simple yet effective. If you take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, you have someone film you dumping a bucket of ice on your head. Cold but easy! Here’s the great part, though: when you’re done, you challenge someone else to do it.
This is the part that really spreads awareness. Maybe you’ll challenge a friend, and they’re supposed to take part in the challenge within 24 hours. This is really taking off, especially in the sports world. And when you talk about dumping ice on your head for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, people will want to know why and then they’ll learn more about the disease. Which will hopefully get them in on the fight against it.
So who are you going to challenge?
Check out ways to fight ALS with the ALS Assocation!