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Don’t grow cynical of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised an unprecedented amount of money for ALS, don't let the viral nature make a cynic out of you
Dave Noriega, KSL Modified: August 18, 2014 at 10:58 am •  Published: August 18, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has soaked the nation from head to toe in water that is too cold to drink.

The idea is simple-ish, but instead of delving into all the details, here are the broad brush strokes. It basically involves pouring a bucket of ice water over your head, making a donation to ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — and challenging others to do the same.

Oh yeah, and this is a detail that is near and dear to my television producer’s heart, you must document this by video.

Actors, celebrities and athletes have jumped onto the bandwagon and the fundraising has gone viral.

Some cynics would have you believe it’s a bad thing. Just donate and forget the hullaballo, they say. It’s a serious disease and a silly challenge. People are just hoping for their 15 seconds of fame … and on… and on… and ooooonnnnnnn.

There is a morsel of truth in all criticism.

There are so many worthy causes in the world, it is a shame that we don’t support them all, but the fact that we can’t support them all doesn’t mean we should support none.

Why is ALS so special that late-night TV is filled with comedians and celebrities joining together to drench themselves?

I don't know the answer. I don't know why we support Breast Cancer Awareness over Autism Speaks, or malaria nets in Africa over child hunger in Utah? I do know that marketing plays a part and that's not necessarily a bad thing. If someone thinks of a better way to do something, celebrate it, don't begrudge it.

I write this to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge cynics — few as they may be.

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