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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Still Waters Run Deep: Many causes, same importance

  • The Internet is filled with many websites to explore and information to check out.
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  • The Internet is filled with many websites to explore and information to check out. It serves its purpose well, providing many options to choose from when it comes to surfing the web.
    One of the popular things you’ll find on the Internet right now is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
    Its existence is simple: raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," a “progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord,” according to the ALS Association.
    The idea is also very simple: Dump a bucket of ice over your head or donate money to ALS to help find a cure. You then nominate friends to do the same.
    Many who did the challenge also donated to the cause. It is a different way to raise awareness and it’s definitely paying off.
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hasn’t even been active for a month and has already raised over $50 million dollars.
    It goes to show what can happen when people ban together for a common good.
    This challenge has brought to light what ALS is, as many people had no clue what it was. It’s nice to see a great cause garner so much attention and serve its purpose.
    Autism is the first cause I will support because I have a personal connection to it, but just because that’s the cause I choose, doesn’t mean it’s the only one that matters.
    I have also donated to other worthwhile causes and it feels great every time.
    The important thing people need to remember is that no matter the cause, whether its autism, breast cancer, Multiple Scleroses, ALS or something else, they are all worthy.
    We all have a personal connection to something and it’s not always going to be what your best friend or neighbor has a connection to.
    Each cause is serving the same purpose: to raise awareness and funds so they can help individuals who are dealing with that particular issue. Each deserves to have support and each deserves to do well.
    Whatever cause it is that means something to you, remember that it isn’t the only one around and that each cause deserves its share of respect.
    We all know someone who has a connection to a cause that isn’t the same as our own.
    Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.

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