AmeliaBeaudry, Senior Section Editor
If you have any form of social media, there is almost no doubt that you have seen at least one video of someone throwing ice water on their head and then running around screaming, “It’s so cold!” Don’t worry, these people have not lost their minds. This huge phenomenon was created by a man named Pete Frate, a former Boston College baseball player, who has been battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) for many years. He and his family posted a video online of them throwing water on their heads with the hashtag, #IceBucketChallenge, and the idea went viral in only a matter of days.
The point of the challenge is to take a bucket of ice water and drench yourself from head to toe, all while nominating three other people to take the challenge with the deadline of twenty-four hours. The nominees must complete the challenge or they have to donate $100 to the ALS Foundation. Celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey and many more have participated and spread awareness of this disease by both participating and donating large amounts of money. Between July 29 and Aug. 24, the ALS Association has received an astonishing $79.7 million in donations compared to $4 million during the same time last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the huge amounts of support from those people who have been soaked, made a donation or both.
Everyone around the country has attempted to come up with the most creative way to complete the challenge. Many people at Chattahoochee have done this also, even Principal Duncan. Madison Rysdon (11), made a huge splash by getting the bucket of water dumped on her from her second story bedroom window. “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a great way to spread awareness about ALS and help get people interested in making a beneficial impact towards a cure,” says Rysdon.
Even if you have already completed the challenge, you can still donate to the cause at alsa.pub30.convio.net. Just a couple of dollars can lead to the huge difference of creating a world without ALS.
(cover photo courtesy Fox News)