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Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

Aug 22, 2014

Kevin the Noob has nominated Mercenaries101 for the ice bucket challenge!

If you’re wondering what the ice bucket challenge is (though we’re betting you already know!), it is a challenge where a person or group dumps a bucket of ice water over their heads and raises awareness of, and funds for, ALS research.

 

What exactly is ALS?

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosi), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease in which the motor neurons that send message from the brain to the body’s muscles slowly degenerate. This causes the body to lose function over time, in increasingly problematic and severe ways. Symptoms can progressively include things include the following, as well as many other symptoms affecting the whole body:

  • loss of fine motor skills, such and holding writing/typing skills
  • lack of ability to maintain grip
  • muscles weakness, inability to lift objects or walk
  • loss of balance, no longer able to stand
  • loss of continence
  • degeneration of vocal strength, leading to voice changes and the eventual inability to speak
  • loss of organ function, leading to the inability to breathe and death.

If this sounds horrific, that’s because it is. There is no known cure for ALS. It is fatal 100% of the time. However, there are enormous posibilities for treatment on the horizon. Because ALS is not a common condition, it is also not well-recognized and therefore underfunded. With more funding, researchers may well be able to find new options for treatment, so funding and information are of utmost importance. To hear about how ALS has affected the family of one of our team members, please read Ed’s story.

What can we do to help?

There are plenty of ways you can make a difference! Here are three suggestions to get you started.

  1. Donate! In order for cutting edge research to be done, researchers need funding. When so many people work together, we can make an enormous difference. Awareness is fantastic, but actually donating funds to those who can use them to work towards treatment (or even a cure!) is critical.
  2. Help families affected by ALS. Particularly in the latter stages of ALS, life for families is difficult. The sick need ’round the clock care, and often have no access to professionals who can help. This leaves their families in charge of the vast majority of the work, without a break (and often with very sleep). Simple tasks like doing dishes, laundry, housecleaning, and cooking meals become so monumental that they are nearly impossible, as they cannot leave their loved one’s side. Offering to do something as mundane as helping with regular household duties canĀ  make a world of difference to suffering families.
  3. Stay in school, kids! The road to a cure is a long one, and research will likely be ongoing for many years. Someone sitting around you in your class right now may be the person who finds a solution in another decade. It might even be you. Study hard and when the time comes to choose a career and a path for your future, consider the difference your skills could make in the lives of others.

 

With all that said, let’s get to the challenge! We had to put some thought into how exactly we as a team of pixeled wizards could take this on, but we worked it out eventually, though those ice cubes were a little large for our liking!

  • Chrissy The Blesser

    Very well thought out and absolutely wonderful educational information here. Great suggestions and you scored 5 stars for creativity and music choice. Totally within the Merc’s reputation for awesomeness.

  • Erica Lightshield

    Lol. This definitely put a smile on my face when I saw it.

  • Tday

    I got my entire family and some friends to donate and I did the ice bucket channel for a vine!!! Come on people lets do this!

  • Rachel Dragonflame

    The only thing missing is a bucket, but it’s still absolutely hilarious.