This week, I’d like to take a break from the feverish sprint toward the promised land that is playoff baseball. Besides, as a Blue Jays fan, talk of the playoffs only brings a rancid gurgling sensation from the pit of my stomach. Instead, I’d like to talk about something that gives me a much more warm, hopeful feeling.
Over the past couple of weeks, there is a phenomenon sweeping social media: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. According to SportzEdge.com, this is the creation of former Boston College baseball star Pete Frieties, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, and his friend, Pat Quinn, who is also an ALS patient. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) which is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig‘s Disease, is neurodegenerative disease with various causes. Patients living with ALS may experience muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and breathing.*
The idea of this challenge is simple. Once you’ve been challenged, you dump a bucket of icy water on your head and/or donate to the ALS Association. Here is their link to info on the Ice Bucket Challenge. once you’ve done the challenge, it is your turn to challenge others to complete the task. They then have 24 hours to complete it and challenge others and so on.
For this week’s AL East Round Up, I thought it would be a great idea to take a look around the division and see how each team is responding to this challenge. I’m not even going to show you the standings this week. I’ll spare Blue Jays fans the agony. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
After watching these, I challenge you to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge, challenge others and make a donation to help find a way to end ALS. Here at Jays Journal, we’re compiling a post that will showcase our writers taking the challenge and encouraging others form the FanSided Family. Stay Tuned for that!
To donate: Go to ALS Canada OR ALS Association in USA
*Definition of ALS via Wikipedia.org