Yesterday, I was challenged by a good friend to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Thanks Anthony)… and since then, I’ve really struggled with my decision. Ultimately, I’m not going to do it and here’s why…
In my short life, I’ve watched dear friends battle cancer, some have beat it, some have not. I’ve had friends killed in car accidents. I have friends who’ve battled depression, with varying degrees of “success”. I have a dear friend right now, who’s husband is battling MS. He’s amazing and inspirational and I admire him more than I can express in words, but there is a part of me that feels this incredible sadness to watch him struggle with the pain, knowing that there is nothing I can do right this moment that can fix it. With these experiences imprinted on my heart, there’s a part of me that wonders… what good does it do to dump a bucket of ice water on my head, other than produce a few laughs?
I get it. The challenge is meant to be raising awareness for the cause and it’s meant to produce donations. Which in this case, have actually started to roll in, but I can’t help but wonder, what will happen when the next craze goes viral and this one is forgotten? Will the impact really be felt for a long time or will it just be a small blip on the screen? I say all of this with no judgment in my heart for those of you who choose to accept the challenge. We all make choices that are right for us.
I’ve decided that instead, I’m going to take this challenge in a different direction. For the rest of this year, I will be donating a portion of all my sessions and sales to MS. I know this challenge was meant for ALS but given what I’m witnessing right now in my own life, MS is a better fit for me.
I’m sorry, there will be no video of me dumping water on my head, but I hope you’ll understand my decision.