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Last week in Picture of the Week, I mentioned that our friend Nico from Poland was coming in to visit us for several weeks. Well, he has been here for a week and there have been many adventures and entertaining moments along the way (my friend Ben says he will have a very skewed view of American life once we’re done LOL). He has been zip-lining, ridden his first roller coaster (at Dollywood, no less), visited an elementary school for a day, and this weekend we went to Washington, D.C. via Megabus.
Now, Nico is a very talented individual. You’ll be hanging out with him and then realize he has some skill you never knew he had… such as playing the guitar… or… riding a wheelie for seemingly as long as he wants to! After walking around for most of the day visiting museums, our feet were killing us, but there was still so much of D.C. to see! Enter Capital Bikeshare (more on this later). The three of us rented bikes and took off through the Mall so we could see the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and all the sights along the way. That’s when it happened. Nico pops a wheelie and takes off riding, carrying on a conversation as though nothing unusual was happening! Of course… we had to document.
Alright, so my friend Rob called me out yesterday on Facebook to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and here is my video. Of course, I opted to do it while hanging off a cliff! :)
This whole ALS #IceBucketChallenge thing has been extremely interesting to me because of it’s viral nature. It has EXPLODED on the internet this year (no, this is not the first year of the event) BUT, what is missing from most videos is the cause behind the challenge. I appreciate everyone getting on board and participating, but if you’re not sharing about ALS and why this is important, AND if you’re not donating… it’s just a fun thing people do to participate in a viral marketing campaign. ALS is a horrible disease that has touched many families. My friend Katie Smith had this to say:
We had a dear family friend when I was young named Anna (I called her Big Mommy). She was such a warm, funny lady who was a hairdresser and was loving and caring to us. I remember the day I was told she had ALS (we referred to it as Lou Gerig’s Disease). I had no idea what that meant when I was 10. But, this disease robbed us of this sweet woman.
Imagine being bedridden, unable to move or speak at all, but being fully mentally aware of everything going on around you. Itliterally traps a person inside their bodies. The disease slowly incapacitates the victim until they get into this state of immobility.
In recent years, there has been little focus on this disease. However, this challenge has helped to raise awareness and most of all money to help with research.
I’m thankful to the person who started this challenge and am looking forward to doing this for Big Mommy.
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