The ALS Phenomenon; The Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media during July–August 2014.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving the dumping of a bucket of ice and water over a person’s head, either by another person or self-administered, to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as motor neurone disease and in the US as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and encourage donations to research.
Within 24 hours of being challenged, participants have to record a video of themselves in continuous footage. First, they are to announce their acceptance of the challenge, followed by pouring ice into a bucket of water. Then, the bucket is to be lifted and poured over the participant’s head. Then the participant can nominate a minimum of three other people to participate in the challenge.
Within weeks of the challenge going viral, The New York Times reported that the ALS Association had received $41.8 million in donations from more than 739,000 new donors from July 29 until August 21, more than double the $19.4 million the association received during the year that ended January 31, 2013. On August 29, the ALS Association announced that their total donations since July 29 had exceeded $100 million.The ALS Association is just one of several ALS-related charities that have benefited from the challenge:
However, it was reported that the 2015 challenge had raised $500,000 as compared with the $115 million raised by the 2014 challenge. The final figure was reported by the ALS Association in mid-October as being $1,000,000, with a survey by health analysts Treato showing that only 14% of donors from 2014 donated again in 2015
In July 2015, the Huffington Post reported on the ALS Association’s summary of how the funds raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge were distributed. By percentage, 67% of all funds (about $77 million) went to research, 20% to patient and community services, 9% to public and professional
Dear Unforeseen Circumstances,
Life can create such difficulties and barriers…
When one can find a place within to allow yourself to embrace life by allowing feelings and emotions to wash away as it whisper’s to you in such divine ways…
Giving yourself a greater strength and courage to allow one to realize that everything else in between simply won’t matter…
We can’t change somethings in life when they are beyond ones control, nor can you change others, the past or future predicaments…
Allow yourself to step back and breath, don’t carry so much heartache, pain and place so much duress on one’s soul within circumstances beyond ones control…
Be grateful for what is; not what could have been, nor ponder on worries about things that haven’t happened…
Leave ones troubled heart to a source greater than yourself and put it to rest…
Life can create such divine interventions when you need it most, even in times when one may not realize it until it has already been placed in ones frontal plain view…
It’s OK to say “today isn’t a good day for me.We are given a greater gift to wake upon a new day and start once again.
“Good things happen from time-to-time; Great things happen all at once…”
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This is truly an amazing site for teens to have a voice. This site has my support, I’d give them a 5 star rating.
Silhouette art is a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood in a picture. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouette object usually being black. However this artist redefines silhouettes’ by adding more features and toner per illustrations.
Silhouette by Jean “Ryhmoreason” Powell