ice bucket challenge
Let's face it, the internet has made you god. Or at least a god. Everyone else with web access is a god now too. Think about it. What's the most amazing quality gods have? Why they're all knowing, of course. All knowing. All seeing. Like you.
The discovery could help scientists develop new therapies.
In 2014, 36 year-old Austin, Texas man was given less than two years to live. He was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Now confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk, eat, use his arms, or speak, he is making a public plea to be turned into a robot.
We often forget that not only is compulsive exercise a frequent and devastating symptom, but that eating disorder sufferers are some of the most altruistic and self-sacrificing people you will ever meet. Holding an event in which they are unable or should not fully participate seems not quite thought through.
When a fatal disease like ALS comes into your life you have two choices: accept the diagnosis and wait to die or use everything you've got to fight. When Kevin Gosnell was diagnosed, he chose to fight. Kevin immediately put his business acumen and CEO leadership skills to work to come up with an idea - ALS ONE.
Did you take the ice bucket challenge to support ALS? If so, you found out that a bucket of cold water can hurt so good! At
But let us not mislead the public about the significance of individual, incremental steps in the arc of science, nor promulgate the notion that "crowdsourcing" scientific discovery will get us where we need to go.
By saying it's not a breakthrough, I'm not saying it's not important and potentially useful. I'm only objecting to the word "breakthrough," which has specific implications to the general public.
New ALS Report Shows That Your Icy Shower Was Not In Vain.
Two years ago, at age 35, I was running my own company, traveling the world and enjoying my family. Now, I can only move a few fingers, can't take a step unassisted, and spend my days in a wheelchair with my family feeding me like a baby -- or a king, depending on how you look at it.
Although designated an "orphan disease" because it affects less than 200,000 Americans, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) saw millions of benefactors stand tall last year to douse themselves with ice water in support of a cure. The numbers were staggering.
Will there ever be another wildly successful challenge like the Ice Bucket Challenge last summer? I'm sure of it. Somewhere out there is the next great challenge fundraiser that will raise more than $200 million.