This Touching Video Shows Why Those Ice-Bucket Challenges Really Are Worthwhile [EDITOR’S NOTE]
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[EDITOR’S NOTE: At approximately the 02:04 and 02:51 marks there is swearing. However, the rest of the video is powerful enough for us to post it. If you are watching with children or anyone who may be offended, please mute the video during those times.]
For anyone who’s been thinking, I’m so sick of seeing all these stupid ice-bucket challenges, here’s an important, hilarious and touching reminder of why the whole campaign started in the first place.
Briefly, the ice-bucket challenges began as a way to increase awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Donations have been pouring in to the ALS Association—a record-shattering $53.3 million through August 21. This is enormous news for the ALS community, which has never really grabbed the public’s attention like it has these past few weeks (at least not since Lou Gehrig had it). And for the 30,000 Americans suffering from the disease, that’s the most welcome news possible.
Anthony Carbajal, the man in the video above, comes from a family of ALS sufferers, and he is just starting to show signs of the disease himself. The muscles in his hands have started to atrophy, for example, so he has problems starting his car and buttoning his shirt.
“I promise your news feed will go back to cat videos and ‘Let It Go’ covers, but right now the ALS community has the main spotlight,” he says. “This is the first successful advocacy we’ve ever had. Every single challenge lifts my spirits, lifts every single ALS patient’s spirits. We’re so, so grateful.”