I've read a lot about the ALS ice bucket challenge recently. This event has taken over my feed on Facebook, with most everyone showing their support for a disease that cripples and eventually takes a life.

During the first three weeks of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the ALS Association announced it had raised $22.9 million compared to the same time frame the previous year raising $1.9 million. As of Aug. 22, 2014 it has raised 94.3 million.

All thanks to the creative ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I say way to go. Monies the ALS Association receives funds equipment for patients and helps fund research for a cure.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig Disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that disrupts contact between the brain and muscles in the body. Patients lose mobility, then over time become paralyzed and lose the ability to breathe as respiratory muscles cease to function.

The negative comments against the ice bucket challenge really bother me.

Don't tell me we're wasting water. Really? For those that water their lawn and flowers. Really? Oh then let's shut down all the water parks! Really? For those that wash their car weekly? Really? 

Don't tell me about the cost and money an organization uses to fund their program and how it is spent. Really? This from the person that can't put gas in their car to get to work but will buy one more lottery ticket? Really? This from the person that just got another tattoo with money they stole from work, and then getting fired? Really? This from the person that will spend over $5 for a pack of cigarettes? Really?

Raising awareness for ALS or any other condition is NEVER a waste. Ask anyone that suffers in pain daily with a muscle disease that robs them of their mobility or talk to anyone that has just lost their loved one to ALS.

Okay, I'll get off my soapbox, I know I've probably offended a few. Everyone decides how to spend their money and what is important to them. This is important to me.

So I say kudos and thank you to everyone that took the ice bucket challenge and donated your $10 and to those that opted to donate $100, or anything in between. Every dollar, every contribution gets us one step closer to a cure.


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Join me and make your contribution, not only will I make a donation to the ALS Association I will also make a contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Both do research for a cure to help people like my husband who suffers from a muscular disease.

To donate just click here:  http://mda.org/disease/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis

Let's find a cure.



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Landing on the set of Happy Days, (literally landing in an egg), Robin Williams an alien, Mork from Ork, was like nothing we had seen before or since. mork Memories of an Alien, Robin Williams

It led to the series, Mork and Mindy. I remember each show ending with a monologue, sharing with his commander Olsen, what he learned on earth. They were some of the most insightful things about the human race.

His routines and antics were intense, insane and a little mad. A legend, a comedic genius . . . but winning his Oscar for his most serious roll in Good Will Hunting.

A man with many talents, he pushed the boundaries in everything he did.  He was a humanitarian, likened to Bob Hope, raising money for the homeless with a televised fund raiser Comic Relief, raising over 60 million dollars for the homeless.

We fell in love with his antics, his movies and the characters he portrayed. Mork from Ork, Peter Pan, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Nutty Professor . . . there are so many more.

He once said "You're only given one little spark of madness, you must never lose it." I believe he shared a little of that madness with us.

Many can't understand how a person that brought laughter to so many could be depressed, resulting in taking his own life. Depression is a disease, it can't be seen or measured, it can't be seen from the outside.

For some it is possible to beat depression and come out the other side, but my personal advice is . . .  reach out to someone, anyone, you are not alone. I know, I’ve been there, but I didn’t do it alone.

I would like to think that Peter has just gone to visit the lost boys in Neverland, oh and if we ever have an alien land, I sure hope he's as funny as Robin Williams.

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Nanu, Nanu Robin Williams, Rest in Peace.


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