By Claire Plymale
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a trend that has spread worldwide. More than 1.2 million people have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted their videos online. ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The trend of pouring a bucket of ice water over one’s head and then nominating others to do the same is meant to raise both awareness and funds for the ALS Association. Whether you participate in this challenge or decline your nomination you are still supposed to donate to the cause.
Some people think that the Ice Bucket Challenge is pointless and a waste of water and others think it’s great. When asked if the Ice Bucket Challenge actually helps the ALS Association, sophomore, Lauren Hewitt said, “Yes, I do think it helps because it raises awareness. Even if people who take the challenge don’t donate, it still gets people thinking.” At La Cueva the Las Ositas, Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, the DECA teachers are just a few examples of how La Cueva is supporting the ALS Association.
According to the ALS Association they have received $88.5 million in donations this year compared to the $2.6 million they received in the same time period last year. So, regardless of the debate about the challenge, it seems as though the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has done it’s job—raise awareness and bring in donations for the association.