Monday, August 25, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Alon Calinao Dy: Ice Bucket Challenge Campaign is a worldwide initiative to raise awareness about ALS. Those who participate in this campaign are not all who seek for attention or kulang sa pansin (KSP).

An Ice Cold Raiser (Wikimedia Commons)

According to actor-comedian and TV host Joey De Leon, who posted on Instagram, he said " Maraming epal na gaya-gaya sa Ice Bucket Challenge. Kaso, puro lang nominate... wala namang DONATE! Tumigil nga kayo!"

Photo courtesy of Joey De Leon's Instagram

What I understand about his bold statement in social media is that people should also donate some money to ALS Association not only complete all the challenge. Of course after a few hours De Leon's posted his personal comment or opinion, some angry Filipinos labelled the actor as ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Critic.

Understand What ALS Really is

According to ALS Association, "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often refferred to as Lou Gerig's disease, is a progressive neurodegerative 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 degeration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death." 

Why Ice Bucket Challenge is enjoyed by many people

There is no doubt the so called "Ice Bucket Challenge" is so popular worldwide. People can see videos on different social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram. 

Actually, there are many other global campaigns out there like World Aids Day, Hepatitis Awareness, Obesity Awareness Walk, Violence Against Women, Child Abuse Prevention, and many more, but ALS campaign becomes more successful than any other movements to this day.

I don't know. It is you who can say why it is really fun. I have seen a lot of celebrities and influencial people including former US President George W. Bush who accept and do the challenge by his fellow Americans.

I believe this is not just a fun gimmick, but it also provides funds for ALS Association, who is committed to help people with ALS, that is necessary in the areas of research to fight the outbreak of ALS disease.