'Why People Annoy Me' is going to be a new thing I do on this blog simply about why people annoy me. It may turn into a bit of a rant, so be warned. Obviously, like any other post I do, I will start with a small topic then just continue with a load of utter rubbish. So here goes for Part 1 of Why People Annoy Me.
Topic: Ice Bucket Challenge
By now we've all heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Celebrities, friends, families, random strangers and everyone else seems to be taking part in this 'new' phenomenon that is pouring a bucket of icy cold water over your head instead of donating money to charity. Luckily, nice people around the world began doing the challenge, nominating others to do it, then donating money as well. This both raises money and awareness for the charity. The charity being the ALS Association.
You may be wondering why I'm using the Ice Bucket Challenge as a topic in 'Why People Annoy Me', well let me tell you. Over the past the few months there have been a few nomination phases that have gone round. Some being a good way to raise awareness and money, others have been extremely stupid and reckless. What annoys me is that the majority of people are doing it out of peer pressure or honestly just for fun or attention. Really people should be doing it for the purpose of raising awareness. Yes, it is just a bit of fun but that bit of fun is helping thousands, if not millions around the world. The money raised is being used by some of the top scientists everywhere to do research into the disease that very few people know about.
What is ALS? Well, ALS Association (http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html) say:
'Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in muscle movement. Early symptoms of ALS often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs begin to look "thinner" as muscle tissue atrophies.'
Basically, if you couldn't be bothered to read all that, ALS, also more commonly know as Motor Neuron Disease in the UK, is a disease in which effects the motor neurons inside the body of the persons it basically attacks. These motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord then from the spinal cord to all the muscles. Motor neurons are very important and this disease causes the degeneration of them over time to eventually cause the to die essentially leaving the body to be incredibly weak. Horrifically it is just a slow death. Not nice at all.
The money raised, not just from the Ice Bucket Challenge but from each and every donation to the cause, will be used to get equipment, resources, and anything needed to do as much research as possible into the disease in hopes to someday find a way of slowing it down, preventing it and curing it all together. The money is needed. So if you've been nominated make sure you remember what the cause is and donate. As Tesco says, every little helps!
Thank you for reading this if you have. I'm sure some of you will appreciate how much this Ice Bucket Challenge has actually helped or will help. Obviously the cure won't be found straight away but in the meantime all we've got to do is donate and be hopeful. If you haven't seen my Ice Bucket Challenge yet then I will leave the link at the end. I donated £10.
Text ICED55 and the amount (eg. £5) to 70070
Go, enjoy yourself and pour those buckets over your heads!
- KC xx