If you are alive and have eyes and ears there is no possible way you don’t know what I am talking about here.
At first I was a little skeptical, what is this helping? This seems silly if no one is actually donating! What is this going to solve?
In actuality it has solved two things: awareness and huge financial gains for the ALS foundation. They have (as of yesterday morning) raised 15.6 million dollars!! That is real….that can make a huge difference.
It has gotten people talking. People want to know what ALS is. Yesterday while I was at the farmer’s market, I over heard 4 separate groups of people discussing ALS and what it is. I even had one of the groups who wasn’t really sure say, “you look like you would know about ALS. Tell us about it.” I was wearing my scrubs of course, I don’t just wear that knowledge on my forehead. But seriously, the awareness is out there and people are seeking information. Ignorance is half the battle, which means a lot more people are half way there.
I searched (and watched, and cried through) a lot of videos on youtube to post here about ALS. About how quickly and drastically it can change someones life. I found a few that were rather long and this one that is a little shorter that explains how it starts, and tragically how it ends. If you have a minute or a few and are interested this video shows the affect ALS had on this man and his family.
Knowledge is power and more people are arming themselves. That is a major tick in the win column if you ask me!