Today I was nominated by my sister, Melina, to do the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. I very much enjoy how considerably awareness for ALS increased in a matter of hours; it truly shows the efficacy and power behind seeking to make a difference for the better. My part in all of this will be to increase my and others’ understanding of ALS, as well as a donation to the ALS Association. To find valuable education on Amyotrphic Lateral Sclerosis and ways to donate, visit http://www.alsa.org
In the spirit of raising awareness, I have also chosen to donate to three other charities close to my heart. First and most dear is the PTSD Foundation of America, a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing education and healing to the brave men and women suffering from the unseen wounds of war. The PTSD Foundation of America works to increase resources and community support for both veterans and their families to aid in the healing process. I urge you to really enlighten yourself on the sacrifice others have willingly made in your place, and the toll it so frequently takes on their future. Visit http://ptsdusa.org.
Second, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) works to increase understanding of how and why suicide occurs through research, education, and advocacy, with the ultimate goal of prevention. As the veil of stigma surrounding suicide is lifted, more contributing factors are revealed, risk factors and warning signs become more accurate, help-seeking behaviors are bolstered, and, ultimately, lives will be saved. To find out more, visit www.afsp.org.
Last but in no way least, the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. A component of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation, the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund charity commits every bit of donations to Alzheimer’s breakthrough research to prevent, slow, and reverse Alzheimer’s disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Early prediction and prevention methods are the two primary focuses. While contemporary research has seen great strides in understanding this most common form of dementia, most notably the genetic proponent, a cure is yet to be found. Find out more at www.curealz.org.
I challenge everyone who reads this to donate at least five dollars to ALSA and three other charities/organizations of your choice. After you have completed the challenge, post which charities and why. After all, the first step towards change is awareness.