Rasheed has put what I’ve been feeling about the Ice Bucket Challenge into words.
Yes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a cruel disease. Yes, the ice bucket challenge has piqued awareness of the disease. Yes, the ice bucket challenge has raised over $50 million in a month for the ALS Association. But I can’t stand it. I can’t stand my social media streams overrun with videos of people dumping buckets of water on themselves under the guise of philanthropy.
I admit the main driver behind my hatred of the ice bucket challenge is jealousy. I’m jealous that the act of videotaping silliness has garnered so much attention and money for a cause that is, while most certainly worthwhile, not inflammatory bowel disease. It’s selfish for me to say, but I wish that IBD charities could have bottled lightning like the creators of the ice bucket challenge have. I wish that public figures and the public at large were rushing to spread awareness of this horrible disease…
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