This post was edited by moonshooter at 2014-8-19 22:37|
Here are some 2 netizens' remarks about Ice Bucket Challenge:
I lost my Dad to ALS about a year and a half ago.
At least for me, I think the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is excellent. I had never heard of ALS before my Dad got it. When he told me the diagnosis, I was actually relieved because I was so happy they had finally figured out what was causing his problems. I was relieved until I asked him how they cure the disease.... then the hard truth began to come out.
The fact that so few people now about the disease shows that more publicity and information being released is important.
Will the Ice Bucket challenge cure ALS? Probably not. Donations are up, however.
Will the Ice bucket challenge create more awareness and help show solidarity with those who have the disease? I think so.Just look at this subreddit. The number of posts have increased considerably since the challenge. People are learning about the disease and that is a good thing.
With the ice bucket challenge, my pessimistic mind has made the jump that there are people who would rather dump ice cold water all over themselves and have it filmed and shared for the world to see than donate money to help work toward a cure or support people with ALS. That's probably too big of a leap, but it's where I am right now. It seems silly to say I'm in favor of the increased awareness and donations, because of course I am! I just hope the message isn't being lost in the silliness and fun of dumping water all over yourself. Also - kudos to the people who are doing the ice water challenge AND donating!
Also - this is just a rant, but a wonderful friend of mine posted a video of herself doing the ice bucket challenge and posted the website of the non-profit that significantly helped my dad. One of her friends commented something like, "so funny that you actually posted a charity - I thought we were all just doing this for the laughs". That stung a little bit, because she actually brought that friend to my dad's memorial service.