The truth behind the challenge

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The truth behind the challenge

Rob Lange and his DECA class complete the ALS ice bucket challenge at Perry High School.

Rob Lange and his DECA class complete the ALS ice bucket challenge at Perry High School.

Paige Coakley

Rob Lange and his DECA class complete the ALS ice bucket challenge at Perry High School.

Paige Coakley

Paige Coakley

Rob Lange and his DECA class complete the ALS ice bucket challenge at Perry High School.

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Donate ten dollars after pouring a bucket of ice water over your head; donate 100 dollars if you do not complete the challenge in 24 hours. But is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or most commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, receiving the donations they deserve?

According to the MDA (Muscle Disease Association), ALS is a disease of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Nerve cells that control muscle cells are gradually lost, causing the muscles to become weak and eventually nonfunctional. Walking, talking, eating, hugging and even breathing become nearly impossible, although the mind stays sharp. Most people with ALS live 3 to 5 years after diagnosis.

Dumping a bucket of ice water over your head is meant to give the feelings that one goes through while having ALS.

Since the 27th of August, ALS has raised up to $94 million in donations. However, the lingering questions on most minds are, “Is every single person donating after completing the ice bucket challenge?”

At Perry High School, DECA has taken the initiative in completing the ice bucket challenge.

DECA was challenged by Camelback High School’s DECA advisor, Maria Abrams. DECA was sponsored by Lapre Scali & Company whom later donated $200 to the organization.

Adding up all of the YouTube and Facebook videos of the ice bucket challenge, if everyone who took the challenge donated $100 to ALS, there would be over $120 million raised.

Regarding the meaning behind the ALS challenge, Rob Lange, Perry’s marketing/DECA advisor answers with, “It felt like it was a great cause and one that we should support. One of DECA’s missions is to build leaders for the future and ‘Shouldn’t our leaders help other even if they don’t have a personal connection?’”

Sure anyone can pour a bucket of ice cold water on their head; take the extra mile and do what is really the call to action. Donate.

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