I get it, raising awareness for a cause. And I commend the amazing job that the "Ice Bucket Challenge" has accomplished with the job of raising funds for research for ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. I think it's amazing, I do. I have friends and family who have completed the challenge and have contributed to the organization. I commend them for their commitment.
However, I am left wondering if they know exactly, where their money is going. What, exactly, their money is being used for. How it is being used. Or were they caught up in the hype of the "craze" that has taken the world by storm? Celebrities are doing it, Former Presidents are doing it, Newscasters are doing it... I mean, everyone is doing it!
And yes, a lot of the videos are pretty darn humorous, I'll give you that much. I would be lying to say I didn't have a few favorites.
I have Crohn's Disease.
How many of you know a thing about what ails me?
How many even care?
How many people have seen the ads on television for IBD - Irritable Bowel Disease?
How many think it is just about using the bathroom a lot?
How many think it is just about an upset stomach?
How many know that there is no cure for Crohn's Disease?
How many even care?
Yeah, what about me and the thousands of other sufferers.
No, I'm not devaluing the importance of supporting ALS, but I think you should have a valid reason for donating to a cause other than it is the "in thing to do." If people were posting their video stating they were accepting the "Ice Bucket Challenge in Support of So & So" I may be a bit less of a negative nanny. But that has not been the case, at least not in the majority of the videos I have seen.
So, here's my challenge to ALL of you: Support a Cause that is dear to your heart and by the word of our Father: "Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you." ~ Matthew 6:1
If that cause is ALS, wonderful. If it is the American Cancer Society, amazing! If it is the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, THANK YOU!
Whatever your choice is, do it with a glad heart!
I would love for the CCFA.org to be inundated with donations because I really want a cure. I am tired of being tired and in pain 90% of the time. I don't want to have more surgery on my gut. I don't want to, one day, have to have a ileostomy bag. I don't want to suffer anymore. But, until then, I'll keep my head up, stay strong and support my fellow "bellies."
And you, well, I hope you support the cause that means the most to you.
Counting it all joy,