Nevada County, CA/America — In recent weeks, people across the nation have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to increase awareness of the ALS neurological disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Ice bucket challengers record themselves accepting the dare from their friends via social media, follow through by requesting some of their friends to do the same, and finish the challenge by dumping ice-cold water over their head. The footage is then posted online and shared on social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, and Vine. Those who have been requested to the challenge have the choice to respond in kind within 24 hours, or donate $100 to the ALS Association.
Gish Gallop interviewed some local, “social media-ites” for their reaction on the ice bucket challenge
“I don’t know what ALS is,” commented snarky Sierra College student Sam Riggs, “but everyone I know on Facebook is doing it! It looked like fun and I wanted to call out some friends from school to do the same challenge. I don’t have a $100 to give away now. I’m saving my money for a GoPro® HERO3+ camera.”
Not everyone was as enthused as Mr. Riggs.
Over $31 million has been received in donations for ALS research compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year in 2014 (July 29 to August 20). No estimate has been calculated on the amount that might have been raised if participants had opted out of dumping ice-water on themselves and simply donated the money.