#IceBucketChallenge: Wet T-Shirts For A Good Cause
What do a bucket of ice water, the New York Giants and a former Boston College baseball player have in common?
It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but in actuality what these things have in common is an awareness campaign that has recently gone viral and spread out into the realm of celebrity and social media exposure over the past couple of days.
Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player is a victim of ALS (also known as Lou Gherig’s disease), a neurodegenerative disorder which effects the spinal cord and brain cells making it difficult to communicate and can lead to loss of the arms and legs.
Pete recently posted a video of himself dumping a bucket of ice water over his head to raise awareness, and this video has lead to everyone from the Boston Police department, to the New York Giants to the Today show’s Matt Lauer following suit with their own buckets of ice water.
The challenge is thus: You post a video dumping the bucket over your head and challenge someone else to do the same ( also mentioning why it is that you are doing it), the person then has 24 hours to complete the challenge, otherwise you must donate $100 to the ALS foundation of your choice.
“It’s a little crazy, but it’s good crazy so we’re okay with it,” Pete’s wife, Julie, says of the attention they’ve received. “I have friends that I haven’t talked to in 10 years, who live in different parts of the country, sending me messages saying ‘I know you guys don’t know these people, but this is everywhere.’”
So readers, we do love a wet T shirt contest, especially if it is for a good cause, so here is the challenge, are you up for it?