So celebrities and famous personalities from all across the globe have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It has become social media’s latest trending topic. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Donnie McClurkin, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stephani, Justin Bieber, Bill Gates, to name a few, have all gotten involved to raise both money and public awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
This disease attacks nerve cells and ultimately leads to total paralysis, though the mind remains sharp. Life expectancy is typically two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
So based on this information, we wonder two things:
- Does the disease only affect Americans? and
- Will this challenge last through Winter? … Just asking
Current news report is that Usain Bolt had invited Lisa Hanna (Jamaica’s Youth and Culture Minister) and Christopher Martin (Jamaican recording Artiste) to take on the challenge. Will more Jamaican celebrities and famous personalities take on the challenge or will we see more people across the world participating?
It is commendable and worthy of note that with the effort of one man’s (former Boston College basketball player Pete Frates) effort, the entire world has joined forces to raise awareness and funds. Thus, considering that the World Health Organization is scrapped for funds in fighting this Ebola virus, could the nation do something similar to help fight the spread of a health condition that is far more fatal?
WHO and CDC, this is certainly a strategy that could be considered. It certainly is working with ALS…don’t you think?