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It’s About More Than Just Cold Water

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“It’s about more than just cold water…”
Those were the first words we said to our boys when we found out that Hayden and Kash were nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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For us, we saw this oh so popular social media movement as a BIG parenting opportunity. I am amazed at the amount of exposure and funds that ALS has received. While our kids see it as fun and games, it gave us the opportunity in our household to remind our children how fortunate we are for our good health and how there are so many other people who are not so fortunate. We were able to educate our children (as well as ourselves) on a disease that has for years taken a backseat as far as exposure is concerned. We were able to talk about the importance of giving back and explain in 7 and 3 year old terms about Charity. At our house my boys OFTEN hear the phrase “but, it will make you a good man one day” we use this saying about many different things whether it be receiving a new chore, learning the act of sharing etc. We are thankful for this opportunity to help aid in helping our sweet boys become good men one day. After our boys were nominated, one of Will’s good friends and fraternity brothers nominated the 2 of us. So, as a family we decided to both participate in the challenge as well as make a donation to ALS.
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You can watch Hayden and Kash’s #icebucketchallenge on my Instagram here ——-> paigecparker .

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Now, it’s your turn… What will you do with this opportunity?!

Did you know:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.  When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them.  Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert.
  • Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS — more than 5,600 people per year. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS. Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people.
  • The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from time of diagnosis.  With recent advances in research and improved medical care, many patients are living longer, more productive lives. Half of all those affected live at least three years or more after diagnosis.  About 20 percent live five years or more, and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years.
  • ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.  ALS can strike anyone. Every single American is threatened by this disease.

You can make a donation to ALS here or here.

And if you haven’t seen this ALS video, it’s worth your time. I promise.

If you are reading this from your phone and the above video isn’t showing up for you, you can view it here.

 

XOXO,

Paige

 

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