Amy Donaldson: Critics of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge need to chill

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  • Jimmyisliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 4:30 p.m.

    @Christopher B...Only yourself and the regular backwards thinking conservatives would somehow attempt to bring President Obama into this situation. Your bigotry becomes more difficult to hide with each nonsensical post Mr B. Question. How about Coach Whittingham? Would this not garner more national attention as well? Everyone is aware it is either ridiculous comments and posts regarding our President or truly important matters such as University of Utah athletics.

  • raylee ny, NY
    Aug. 21, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    I find the Ice Bucket Challenge offensive in so many ways, some already have been mentioned.

    1) waste of a valuable resource where others without can hear or see. Many more people die from lack of clean water.
    2) Racism. Why this disease and not others that affects more people.
    3) Moral/social capital extortion. As if somehow if you do not accept the challenge you are now devalued. Can you imagine if A-list celebrity challenge the homeless? Someone with AIDS? Someone currently suffering from hypothermia? Is this another special club or exclusive activity for those who are abled?
    4) The use of immoral social networks such as facebook, a company that has stolen billions out of the economy that could have gone to research. (most people do not know that facebook is immoral and has committed large scale fraud, not to mention surveillance for profit.)

    Lastly, to find a cure for a disease, if anyone is genuine, would work on studying the disease directly. Read a journal, go to the lab. Don't tell me it's too hard, you have been challenged.

  • Russ Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 1:55 p.m.

    So, do you believe that we should donate to an organization that only donates less than 10% of the money to actual research? An article on Fox news reports that they are funding Embryonic Stem Cell research. Perhaps we should donate directly to research hospitals like John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City or the Huntsman Cancer Center. Don't just go along with the crowd in something because it is fun or original. Do the research yourself and consider who you are supporting.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    If this challenge brings an ounce of joy (or sense of support) to ALS sufferers, then let it continue forever. ALS took my neighbor. It's a tremendously difficult disease.

  • Victory80 CLEARFIELD, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 6:25 a.m.

    The amount of attention that this challenge has made is amazing. For me, I didn't really know a whole lot about ALS, but since seeing this challenge on YouTube and Facebook, I started to research it more and donated(have't done the ice bucket challenge though). Its great to see that this challenge has created a lot of attention, and make me curious of what other challenges will be thought up for other diseases.

  • shark Buena Vista, VA
    Aug. 21, 2014 6:20 a.m.

    The article seemed to say the same thing over and over...could probably edit to half the original length and not lose any content.

    I'm glad the effort is succeeding. I've always been one to say, when approached by friends participating in "athons" (walkathon, bikeathon, mathathon, readathon) that I would just donate, period, no matter how much you walk/bike/do math/read. If it is worth donating to, why do I care how much you walk/dump ice on your head etc? I'm sorry to be a party pooper, but that's just the way I feel. But, hey, the ice is working so obviously others feel differently.

  • CP Tooele, UT
    Aug. 21, 2014 4:26 a.m.

    Thank you Amy for this article. I have seen videos of my friends who accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge and they and their families had great fun and were able to help a wonderful cause at the same time. And thank you Chris B for your posting how beneficial it has been.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:06 p.m.

    Most of the videos I have seen say "you have 24 hours to answer the ice bucket challenge OR donate 100 dollars to ALS". While the challenge is fun and raises awareness, I assume most of the participants are dumping water and NOT donating.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    It's too bad Barack declined the invitation. If he had, the attention would have exploded ten times more than it already has. Come on Obama, it would take 5 minutes.

    Aug. 20, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    Anyone has seen the spot that ESPN did on the guy who all the bucket challenges originated from.......they would never question why the above article needed to be written. It was an amazing and impressive story, and reminded me, (an athlete) how blessed I am. He had his whole life in front of him, and the disease basically took it all away, at a young age. People need to get a life, and stop criticizing good things that happen in life. This is one of them! Thanks for the story...

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    One of the best marketing strategies I've seen in years. It's raising money, and it's entertaining.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    The one place I disagree is people who are making these videos and make no mention of donating, and don't provide a link. The whole point of this is to raise money for ALS research. So put the link up, say the website name in your video or do both. Just dumping ice water on your head and posting a video to get likes..........just put the website link on the post please.

  • ezrider salt lake, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    Great article Amy. As one who has ALS, I appreciate all of the buzz that this campaign has created, and I'm so grateful that even some of the people who take the challenge are donating, because it's raised far far more money and awareness than the old traditional methods ever did. Yes, if everyone donated, even a little, the results would be unbelievable, but the research and therapies that these donations will enable may just save some lives, including mine. Great article!