My Facebook feed is filled with people either doing the ice bucket challenge or people deriding it.
The truth of the matter is, it’s a lot easier to criticize than to actually raise awareness and money for a cause.
The ALS Association has had a record breaking funding drive ($30 million so far). This is money that will go towards research that ultimately will help thousands of people dealing with this debilitating condition.
For people who say, “Why not just donate without the silly stunt?”
That’s not how the world works. There are thousands of other worthwhile causes out there that would love to have your support, but they’re not getting it.
The only reason we’re having a conversation about ALS (and not spinal muscular atrophy or hundreds of other diseases) is because of this clever stunt. It’s a conversation starter.
Every critical post I’ve seen says that ALS is a great cause and all, but we can do without the Ice Bucket Challenge, ignores the fact that probably 100% of the people complaining about it never mentioned ALS ever on social media before this.
It’s not about the ice water. It’s getting famous people and your friends to do something silly and along the way bring attention to a good cause.
Are some people doing the stunt without calling attention to ALS? Sure. But even if only one in ten people involved makes a contribution, that’s more than were doing so before.
I think the real reason so many people are annoyed by this is because of the attention-whoring element. Um, hello, this is Facebook. At least this is attention-whoring with a cause.
If somebody had thought of this when planking was around, we probably would have cured cancer by now.
We’re closer to a cure for ALS because of the Ice Bucket Challenge. The longer it keeps going and the more people contribute, the sooner a cure can be found.
My #IceBucketChallenge to the haters is to just endure this until it runs out. Discouraging people from getting involved by removing the most important viral element (the ice bucket) is doing a disservice to people who suffer ALS and are hoping for a cure.
Just got the word I will officially be hosting my first Panel on "Cosplay"/Costuming.
If you live in the Ohio area, I encourage you to come out to the Cincy ComiCon September 5-7th. It is a great show that is really dedicated to Fans and Comics, and the people who run it are just great people.