The Coldest Challenge of All

Surfacing the web today is the ever so popular, Ice Bucket Challenge. Created by the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge has gained millions by encouraging people to dump ice water on their heads.

The ALS Association is an organization fighting Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. As stated on the ALS Association website, Lou Gehrig’s Disease affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and could potentially lead to death. Through the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised the association millions of dollars, they are hoping to find a cure.

ice-bucketThe general rules of the Ice Bucket Challenge are as follows: Once nominated, you have 24 hours to record yourself dumping ice water on your head. Once you do, you are allowed to nominate another person who then has 24 hours to accept or deny the challenge. If you complete the challenge, you donate $10 to ALS. But if you deny it, you must donate $100.

Among the thousands of people accepting the challenge are a few of our own students and teachers at Blackhawk. Mr. Freeborn has taken the challenge and has answered a few questions for us regarding the challenge.

Do you know what the challenge was for?

F: ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease! A disease where your extremities stop working. It a progressive! You lose control of your hands and later the rest of your body.

What does this challenge mean to you?

F: It means that research is being made to figure out the problem and how to solve it.

Would you ever do the challenge again?

F: I think once is enough in my life. It was cold and harsh!

The Ice Bucket Challenge has brought in millions to find a cure. So be a part of this movement and do the Ice Bucket Challenge yourself. We nominate you! Be sure to nominate others and to donate!

Click here to see the video of Blackhawk students and teachers completing the challenge!

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