Please join us for our dance party and potluck on September 12, 2014 at 9:00PM-10:30PM. Hugh will be doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge immediately following the party.Please stay, watch and participate in all the fun!
What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive nerodegenerative 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 lead 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.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease and encourage donations to research. The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation. So far, this challenge has raised $62.5 million in donations!
Hugh has been nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge and has asked if students would like to donate. For every $5 donated, your name will be put into a drawing for a chance to be one of the people who gets to dump a bucket of ice water over him. For a $20 donation, it is guaranteed that YOU WILL dump a bucket of ice water over him! All proceeds will be donated to ALS to assist in furthering their research towards a cure.
Please bring a towel (maybe one for Hugh as well), a change of appropriate clothing and shoes for this will involve a lot of ice and water. We would like to make this a potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share with everyone and we encourage you to bring cameras for picture taking as well in order to capture this great moment!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask one of our staff!
An artist will take months to paint a masterpiece. An author will take years to write an award-winning novel. An athlete will take a lifetime to train themselves to their full potential. These great aspirations take time and effort and energy. With one bad stroke of a paintbrush, one missing piece of an idea, one wrong move for an injury, it can all be undone. They must start over, or worse, it’s lost forever…
Destruction is so much easier than creation, hesitancy easier than commitment, giving up easier than moving forward, guarding ourselves easier than trusting others. Why do we shy away from greatness? Why are we afraid to reach for our dreams? Because we feel that putting ourselves out there, to make an effort to try, makes us vulnerable. Knowing how easily our endless efforts can be undone is daunting, but we need those fears and struggles in order to appreciate our accomplishments; those rare moments when we’ve created something beautiful, when we’ve committed to something worthwhile, when we’ve moved forward towards something we want, something great and when we’ve opened ourselves up to another and weren’t let down. It doesn’t always work out the way we hoped, but when it does, it’s magnificent, it’s magical and that’s when we find ourselves truly living. When we truly live, we inspire others to do the same.
One of my favorite quotes and eye openers by Zig Ziglar: “We deny our talents and abilities, because to admit them would commit us to using them.” We are more often afraid of achieving success than we are of succumbing to failure. So take a leap of faith. Inspire someone. Do something for yourself, something more, not just what’s expected of you. Ask yourself: Are you taking the easy way out?