My Take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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So I am fully in support of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and I am so tired of hearing people bitch (via Facebook) that they are tired of watching the videos come up on their Newsfeed.

Well, yesterday it finally happened- I was challenged, by a good friend of mine, to do the ALS ice bucket challenge so this is what I wrote as my Facebook status to put all the “Negative Nellies” in their place:

I got challenged by my friend Stephanie to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and I will be doing it tomorrow (when it’s not raining and threatening thunder and lightning). But before I do it, I thought I’d give all of you bitching about having to “watch yet another person pour ice and water over their heads” a chance to avoid my page tomorrow and pass right by me if I show up in your Newsfeed.
I’d also like to say to all the naysayers- “quite your friggin’ bitching” and here’s why:
just like anything else, if you don’t like it, don’t do it; if you don’t want to see it, then don’t look at it. It’s as simple and as easy as that! Also, stop being bitter that ALS is getting more attention than {insert your chosen cause here}. Just because someone with {insert disease, etc here}, didn’t think of this first, is no reason to be bitter that someone with ALS did. There’s no denying that if you want to get the word out about something or if you want to raise awareness about something, then social media is the way to do it. The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is not only smart, it’s working. The ALS foundation has raised more in the few weeks this has been going on than it did in all of 2013! So, instead of bitching and complaining and trying to bring down something that is undeniably positive with your ridiculous negativity- shut up and put your money where your mouth is. Post on your own page about your own cause that you believe in so much! Use the power of social media to your advantage!
In fact, not only am I going to donate to the ALS foundation because that is, after all, what this challenge is all about; but I am going to do it one better- I am also going to donate to “my” cause- The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) in honor of my father. I will also be donating to the Smashing Walnuts Foundation- a new local charity that is raising money to fund pediatric cancer research in honor of Gabriella Miller a local VA girl that passed away from a brain tumor less than a year ago.
So… that is my challenge to all of you (and I will put it in my video tomorrow)- do the Ice Bucket challenge, but also donate to a cause you believe in and get your friends and family to do the same. Stop bitching and start doing something because bitching does nothing but make you look selfish and negative and gets nothing done- actions speak louder than words and that’s what this challenge was all about to begin with.
Rant over…

If you’d like to donate to the causes I mentioned above, check out the American Brain Tumor Association at:
http://www.abta.org
or
The Smashing Walnuts Foundation at: http://www.smashingwalnuts.org
and of course, the ALS Association at:
http://www.alsa.org

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