Great article Amy. As one who has ALS, I appreciate all of the buzz that this
campaign has created, and I'm so grateful that even some of the people who
take the challenge are donating, because it's raised far far more money and
awareness than the old traditional methods ever did. Yes, if everyone donated,
even a little, the results would be unbelievable, but the research and therapies
that these donations will enable may just save some lives, including mine. Great
The one place I disagree is people who are making these videos and make no
mention of donating, and don't provide a link. The whole point of this is
to raise money for ALS research. So put the link up, say the website name in
your video or do both. Just dumping ice water on your head and posting a video
to get likes..........just put the website link on the post please.
One of the best marketing strategies I've seen in years. It's raising
money, and it's entertaining.
Anyone has seen the spot that ESPN did on the guy who all the bucket challenges
originated from.......they would never question why the above article needed to
be written. It was an amazing and impressive story, and reminded me, (an
athlete) how blessed I am. He had his whole life in front of him, and the
disease basically took it all away, at a young age. People need to get a life,
and stop criticizing good things that happen in life. This is one of them!
Thanks for the story...
It's too bad Barack declined the invitation. If he had, the attention would
have exploded ten times more than it already has. Come on Obama, it would take 5
Most of the videos I have seen say "you have 24 hours to answer the ice
bucket challenge OR donate 100 dollars to ALS". While the challenge is fun
and raises awareness, I assume most of the participants are dumping water and
Thank you Amy for this article. I have seen videos of my friends who accepted
the ALS Ice Bucket challenge and they and their families had great fun and were
able to help a wonderful cause at the same time. And thank you Chris B for your
posting how beneficial it has been.
The article seemed to say the same thing over and over...could probably edit to
half the original length and not lose any content.I'm glad the
effort is succeeding. I've always been one to say, when approached by
friends participating in "athons" (walkathon, bikeathon, mathathon,
readathon) that I would just donate, period, no matter how much you walk/bike/do
math/read. If it is worth donating to, why do I care how much you walk/dump ice
on your head etc? I'm sorry to be a party pooper, but that's just the
way I feel. But, hey, the ice is working so obviously others feel differently.
The amount of attention that this challenge has made is amazing. For me, I
didn't really know a whole lot about ALS, but since seeing this challenge
on YouTube and Facebook, I started to research it more and donated(have't
done the ice bucket challenge though). Its great to see that this challenge has
created a lot of attention, and make me curious of what other challenges will be
thought up for other diseases.
If this challenge brings an ounce of joy (or sense of support) to ALS sufferers,
then let it continue forever. ALS took my neighbor. It's a tremendously
So, do you believe that we should donate to an organization that only donates
less than 10% of the money to actual research? An article on Fox news reports
that they are funding Embryonic Stem Cell research. Perhaps we should donate
directly to research hospitals like John Paul II Medical Research Institute in
Iowa City or the Huntsman Cancer Center. Don't just go along with the crowd
in something because it is fun or original. Do the research yourself and
consider who you are supporting.
I find the Ice Bucket Challenge offensive in so many ways, some already have
been mentioned.1) waste of a valuable resource where others without
can hear or see. Many more people die from lack of clean water. 2) Racism.
Why this disease and not others that affects more people.3) Moral/social
capital extortion. As if somehow if you do not accept the challenge you are now
devalued. Can you imagine if A-list celebrity challenge the homeless? Someone
with AIDS? Someone currently suffering from hypothermia? Is this another special
club or exclusive activity for those who are abled?4) The use of immoral
social networks such as facebook, a company that has stolen billions out of the
economy that could have gone to research. (most people do not know that facebook
is immoral and has committed large scale fraud, not to mention surveillance for
profit.)Lastly, to find a cure for a disease, if anyone is genuine,
would work on studying the disease directly. Read a journal, go to the lab.
Don't tell me it's too hard, you have been challenged.
@Christopher B...Only yourself and the regular backwards thinking conservatives
would somehow attempt to bring President Obama into this situation. Your bigotry
becomes more difficult to hide with each nonsensical post Mr B. Question. How
about Coach Whittingham? Would this not garner more national attention as well?
Everyone is aware it is either ridiculous comments and posts regarding our
President or truly important matters such as University of Utah athletics.