: ALS ice bucket challenge
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Le défi du seau d'eau glacé - a été lancé ces dernières semaines pour susciter les dons en faveur de la lutte contre la maladie de Lou Gehrig - ou maladie de Charcot, ou sclérose latérale amyotrophique (SLA) - une maladie neurodégénérative. The ice bucket challenge began these last few weeks to draw donations in favor of the fight agaist Lou Gehrig's disease - or Charcot's illness, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - a neurodegenerative disease. -Liberation.fr
A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse
Smokey and His Cohort Bare All in the Name of ALS!
A week ago I saw a headline in my Facebook feed. Dani Shapiro, a writer I follow, was about to have a seau of ice cold water poured over her pretty head. Wearing a white skirt and striped top, she stood on the lawn in front of her home shivering (so far from nerves) as she made the now popular announcement:
What a great way to bring attention to Lou Gehrig's disease! I thought, laughing as the écrivain extraordinaire hobbled off stage (exiting her front lawn with a high pitched shriek). But no sooner had the home video camera quit rolling, than some people were complaining about the ecological ramification of millions of buckets of water poured out across the globe! All in the name of "The Ice Bucket Challenge" (indeed, some participants were no longer naming the cause, or seemed completely unaware of it as they stood hamming it up before the camera, enjoying some innocent summertime fun.). Still others complained about their Facebook feed being clogged with so many of these homemade videos. Some of them awkward ....
Smokey and I considered all of these complaints when OUR number was called. (When my eleven-year-old niece, Reagan, finished her video and passed the baton to us, Smokey and I had to quickly hatch a plan ....)
Then, standing there shaking from head to toe (stage fright) Smokey and I would share as much about ALS or Lou Gehrig's as we possibly could--before one of us, with a shivering furry paw, would grab the string of the pulley...
(Ice cubes are scarce in France, remember?). Yes, frozen water bottles ought to work to cool the liquid!
Well, Smokey, we've got a good plan going and a great opportunity to bring attention to ALS! I'm only sorry for those who feel we're about to clog their Facebook feed with our own colorful version of Le défi du seau glacé pour ALS.
Say what, Smokey? You say if we don't make a video in time we have to donate $100 to ALS research? Hmmm....
Want to go 50-50? Thanks, Smokey. You ARE the dog!
Nomination Time! Smokey and I must now choose three people to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We are randomly choosing three readers from among today's comment. Leave one here and look for your names to be announced in the next edition! If you don't want to video yourself, you can always choose to donate instead. :-)
Thanks, dear reader, for "watching" this written version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS research needs your support. Don't hesitate. Donate here now. (Smokey is proud to see his name on the Donation Honor Roll, see it here, bottom right. Smokey's cohort is listed, too--anonymously matching his amount).
What do you think about these ALS ice bucket challenges? Have you participated in one? Heard about the accidents and injuries? See the bloopers? Feel free to share the link to your favorite or to comment here.
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