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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

JANGBRiCKS & the Ice Bucket Challenge

"Ice Bucket Challenge."  It's "in" and "viral" right now, and I've gotten multiple "nominations."  I will not indulge any of them.  I support charities with my checkbook and have donated substantially to ones that I have personally sought out and taken the time to actually understand and invest in.  When I want to help someone or something, I do so, tangibly and directly, not because it's "in," and especially not because of peer pressure.

Folks who care about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease (or who are crazy about the "ice bucket challenge" but really don't really know anything about its intended purpose) should visit the ALS Association website for basic learning and to discover some of the options for aiding real care, research, and awareness efforts.


  1. Thank you for well informed wright ups like this one JANG.

  2. I second your statement. Peer pressure is no reason to do anything.


  3. Thanks Jang - I did go to the website and found the reason why they are actually encouraging these viral videos. They want people to do it but nobody should be forced to do something out of peer pressure. The ALSA website has links and hashtags they want people to use. It has brought great awareness to their cause.

  4. I don't think you should ever Spode something because of peer pressure. Thank you for taking the time to write this & for sharing your thoughts.

    AFOL Man

  5. Being genuine will always outlast the fads :)

  6. I'm sure the ALS Association wants nothing to do with the $10.3 million it brought in in just 24 hours thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge …

  7. I understand your desire not to participate due to peer pressure which is fine, but it appears you are dogging on the viral nature of the ice bucket challenge as having been a bad thing.

    This has been a phenomenal thing for ALS. A recent article in USAToday has reported the ALS Association has seen an uptick of $39.7 million in donations compared to the same period this year to last year, with an increase in donors of 740,000. Can't imagine these numbers don't merit additional awareness of the disease.

    As quoted in the article, "Carrie Munk, a spokeswoman for the ALS association, said the Ice Bucket Challenge was a "game changer" for the organization. She said the trend has boosted overall awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease."

    Article link:

    The tone of your post comes across as against this entire movement, but it has truly been a good thing for ALS. There are definitely other causes that are important, and need our attention; but more are aware of ALS than ever before as a direct result of the "ice bucket challenge".

    This is in no way a call or requirement for you to participate, that is clearly your choice. However, I do feel your tone is quite negative towards the movement as a whole.

    I do enjoy your work here, and wish you all the best of success.

    1. I disagree. He is simply saying that he would just rather donate outright to the organization than participate in an activity just because it is "cool". His tone remains neutral, but he hints that he may support it directly and encourages people to get a background on just what ALS really is

  8. No kidding, you should chose what you support, not have everyone else chose for you. Well said Jang.

  9. People don't even know what they are doing. They just want to get in on the fad,and be all poular,cause hey i did they ice bucket challenge. How does it even help? :D.