This week, I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge by none other than MakeWayfortheKings.com's artist, Chris Thomas. With the phenomenal work he has done for Make Way for the Kings, I couldn't possibly say no. Plus, and most importantly, this was for a very good cause.
The popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has certainly taken a life of its own over the past few weeks and I sincerely hope that said challenge brings awareness to a disease that does not get the attention it deserves.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the nerve cells, giving patients a life expectancy of two to five years. ALS affects more than 12,000 people in the United States.
Despite being a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox, one of my favourite all-time baseball players is the aforementioned Lou Gehrig, who died from ALS in 1941 (hence the name). Also, one of my all-time favourite pitchers, Curt Schilling, is a longtime supporter for the ALS Foundation with Curt's Pitch for ALS. He even named one of his sons Gehrig. With all that in mind, this was a challenge I simply had to accept.
Everyone from politicians to celebrities to athletes - including many of the Los Angeles Kings - have taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for the disease.
On Wednesday evening, it was my turn to take the challenge: