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    Just how are they supporting the cause. They are correct. Dumping a bucket of ice on your head in no way furthers research for LGD. It doesn't. Those who do it aren't helping at all. How about everyone who is dumping a bucket on their head donates 5 dollars instead. There is a difference on how far one will go compared to the other.
    I've seen this several times on the news. I remembered seeing people do it and them showing a ton of clips. I had totally forgotten which cause it was for.
    Wearing a scause gets you lots of applause, I suppose.
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    @frigginhell The "challenge" is supposed to be to donate $10 AND dump the bucket of ice water over yourself, or pass on the ice water and donate $100 and then nominate three other people to do the same. So if the challenge is being done correctly, then those dumping ice water on themselves ARE donating money too, and challenging others to do so as well. Those donations further research, and this whole thing brings awareness as well.
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    @Verum7 a ton of people did it on my Facebook. They seemed to think it was dump ice water on your head within 24 hours of being called out OR donate money. So you see there's a problem.
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    @bleakoutlook No, there's not necessarily "a problem". First, they are still bringing awareness for those who may never have heard of ALS and choose to donate a few bucks after hearing about it. Secondly, with tens of thousands of people participating, there are going to be a few who get the challenge wrong, but how many more get it right? I have a hard time believing that the "ton" of people on your Facebook all did it wrong... I've seen more than two dozen on mine and all but one did it "right" and that person was corrected. Rather than simply state "there's a problem", why don't you let them know what the challenge is supposed to be?

    With over $13M in increased donations this year vs last year, it defies logic that there are people claiming that this isn't working or doing any good...
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    What's the harm? As long as it brings in dollars to help fund ALS research.......who cares? This activity harms no one. Isn't this the American Ideal........understanding your market, soliciting funds from them, and when it works, reaping the benefits for science and ALS sufferers? Better than taxpayers paying for it all...correct? Some folks complain when they are being hung with a tattered and frayed old rope..........
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    Sounds like someone has sour grapes. Just look at the number. Donations up to $15 million. Are you jealous Michael Hiltzik that this has been such a success? You are mad becuase in comparison this is far less known that Alzheimer's. People donate to the charity of their choice and you now want to scould them for not donating to a more known or more devastating in numbers? I am not sure where you get off. How about I just tell you not to donate to the candidate of your choosing and donate to mine "cause your just going to lose anyway!" Pull you head out of your rear end Mr. Hiltzik and understand there are many diseases in this world that need a cure and the "lesser volume" ones are just as important as cancer.
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    Wow you just can't do anything that someone will not complain about. Just because a disease is rare does not mean it is less deserving of attention and funding.

    If you are so concerned about the public's knowledge of ALS, write a damn article about it instead of bitching about people "wasting ice".
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    Cincinnatus - Been there. Done that. Do you remember 'story time' with 'Green Eggs and Ham'. Now that was REAL FUN according to some.(Probably the same people who are criticizing this.)

    Just think. If they'd given the money that cost, the ALS Foundation would be up another 24 million.
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    If it brought attention and more than 7 times the funding compared to last year then how is it slacktivism? People only pay attention because of the show and having ice cold water poured on you is a show. Sounds like some curmudgeon was challenged and doesn't want to do it.

    If women did something like a "Flash your boobs challenge" then Breast cancer would have been cured 15 years ago when Pamela Anderson would have participated. Kate Upton could cure it in an hour.
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    DrFunkenstein - I think you're on to something. And the fact that the ALS foundation has raised 15.6 million vs. 1.8 million last year, shows it's working.

    Whoever came up with the idea for ALS should get the 'Employee of the Month' award.
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    While I'm sick and tired of seeing these videos pop up constantly on my Facebook page, it is a brilliant way to get the word out and raise the money for the cause. Ron White's video was the best. Paul Ryan's video was funny and Allen West did it like a boss. I slap my knee seeing the challenge goes wrong videos.
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    Let me get this right...the campaign has been fun and wildly successful and there are some who are still critical? Does anybody else feel the urge to give out some noogies?
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    @Wait-----what - I sure am glad Al Gore thought of the idea.(Bet you didn't know that). It was originally meant to combat global warming by lowering everyone's body temperature. <wink>

    The Gatorade folks missed a great marketing campaign with this one. Or, How about "Share a Coke with a friend", and Coca-Cola getting in on the publicity?
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    @JackinVienna - Give me a multiple choice list. lol. I'm guessing it was Gatorade. Don't drink it. Sold a lot of it years ago - the powdered version, in my safety equipment days. Isn't Gatorade owned by someone like Pepsi now?
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    "critics" One guy?

    Had no one done anything, I am sure the same guy would be writing a story why no one was helping.

    There's $$ to be made from taking a contrary opinion to anything these days.
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    Or cops tear gassing and arresting reporters, which is still happening despite the fact that the looting and burning happened one night last week.
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    Wow--everyone's a critic and a mean-spirited one at that. What could possibly be wrong with supporting a horrible disease, particularly when previous years' fund-raising was so low. Obviously Mr. LA Times has never had a friend or family member diagnosed with ALS. Maybe then the Grinch would be singing a different tune. "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel."
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    Thanks to things like hate-talk radio we seem to be in a culture of criticism where everything, whether good or bad is subject to constant criticism. If ALS research is advanced, there will be plenty of positive benefits for other diseases and society in general. But even if they found a cure for ALS..........somebody out there would find a reason to criticize it!
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    Granted, we have become a style over substance society from A to Z, and within that framework, if this method can generate the much needed funding for this and other charities, then what is wrong with it?
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    Personally, I don't care how stupid somebody acts to fund research, as long as it gets funded. ALS, Parkinson's, etc...all need funds and will take them from wherever they can get them.
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    People are having a fun time with it and it remains a good cause even if not the most prevalent of the serious medical conditions people must deal with. If the stunt were not so much fun people wouldn't be doing it no matter the cause.
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    Its a serious disease that needs support and research its all in fun and games to raise money for a good cause . When someone u know has been through it and you k ow the pain and suffering they went through , its worth a alot to find a cure so others may have a chance to survive it.
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    Well he is right that it doesn't raise awareness, but it does raise money. So if you want to raise awareness go do something about it yourself and just be grateful that there are people who are helping raise money for research.
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    This has been a very smart campaign that has brought a lot of attention to medical problem of ALS, Lou Gerhig's Disease, which thankfully is rare and for that very reason does not get much in the way of funding. Anyone who has had a friend who is suffering from ALS would be pleased to see science find a solution that would stop this disease in its tracks. It's brutal. Both of my parents suffered from Alzheimer's Disease and it is a terrible way to reach the end of your life but if I had to choose between Alzheimer's Disease and ALS I would much rather have Alzheimer's. ALS is a terrible disease which is like a living death that last years.

    The fact that people are having fun throwing ice water over their head to bring awareness to the cause of ALS and to encourage people to contribute is one of those genius fund-raising campaigns that has caught the attention of the media. In a crowded media space, where it is almost impossible to get more than 15 seconds of attention for anything, this has been a boon for ALS sufferers and the medical researchers who are trying to end the disease. I hope the campaign continues for at least a month and raises more than $100 million for the cause.

    As for the critics and naysayers, I hope none of them develop ALS, it would be a cruel injustice.
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