I didn’t think it was a big deal. I just didn’t want to pour ice water over my head. I’ve always hated to be cold. At first, it was as simple as that.
As friends would post the “Ice Bucket Challenge” on Facebook, I was never “liking” or posting, hoping that I wouldn’t get noticed. Well…of course, finally I did. At first, I was like “oh crum, I don’t want to do that! I’ll just donate to ALS. I know friends who have lost a son to the dreaded disease, and I will just get it over with.” I mean, for heaven’s sakes, celebrities, church leaders, a past conservative president, sports stars, news and radio hosts, friends all over were doing it. What could it hurt? I’ll just have my husband video tape me tomorrow, and get it over with.
Well, I began thinking about it. I thought if I didn’t do it, then I would look like the “wet blanket” who doesn’t care about people who have ALS. Out of curiosity, I began looking up how much has been given and how the money gets spent. I really wondered if people who are nominated actually gave money, or if it was just fun to do, because of our recent heat wave. Did most people give, or just do the bucket challenge out of peer pressure? I looked it up. As of last night, 70.2 MILLION dollars had been given to the ALS foundation, in a month! YES, you read that right. In a month. This began July 27, 2014…
I began searching further. I found the video of the first man who did the bucket challenge in July, who has ALS himself. (see below) It was very touching. But later in the article, I began discovering some truths which bothered me.
Here is a link and a quote from a blog by Sunny Shell…
Many people are taking the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”. I think this is a fun and fantastic way to promote awareness and garner financial support to help people afflicted with ALS, as well as finance research to find a cure.
A good way to accomplish this is to support organizations like Team Gleason. This organization was founded by Steve Gleason, former NFL player and current ALS braveheart. Their mission is to “Help provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services. Create a global conversation about ALS to ultimately find solutions and an end to the disease. Raise public awareness toward ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.”
Team Gleason partners with many organizations to accomplish their mission and one of them is Cord Blood Registry (CBR). Organizations like CBR only collect, store and use stem cells from the umbilical cords of newborn babies rather than harvest them from the helpless bodies of aborted, unborn babies.
A not so good way to promote awareness and support for ALS is to donate to the ALS Association. Though ALS Association promotes the betterment of current ALS patients and research to help find a cure, they do not promote or encourage the betterment of all life; specifically, precious and innocent unborn babies.
The ALS Association offers grants to many research organizations and one of them is the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS).
On the NEALS website, they state, “These stem cells have been engineered from the spinal cord of a single fetus electively aborted after eight weeks of gestation. The tissue was obtained with the mother’s consent.”
The extraction of stem cells from unborn babies is completely unnecessary for this or any research. There are many other options for stem cell research where the opportunity to live is not callously stripped away from a precious innocent baby.