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WATCH HAWKING: How I Handled the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


I never liked rules, but I was challenged. And normally when challenged, I accept. However this time was different. It started with my Dad. He was issued the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by a friend of his. So, he and I went over to my sister's house with a cooler full of ice to let my nephew and niece dump ice cold water over his head just after he issued the challenge to others. One of the people he chose was my brother-in-law, who, when he got doused, challenged me.

So, the next day, I filled up a bucket of ice getting ready to make my video. While I waited for a fresh batch of water in the tray to solidify, I decided to watch a movie on Netflix.

I was flipping between movies when I came across it. It was the documentary of Stephen Hawking, entitled Hawking. He is a world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist who had contracted the gradually debilitating ailment of ALS at age 20. But he didn't let that stop him. He went on to obtain his PhD and win over a dozen prestigious awards and medals, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 for his contributions to society and groudbreaking discoveries and even ended up in the Guinness Book of World Records for authoring the book, A Brief History of Time, which broke the record for longest time on the British Sunday Times bestseller list at 237 weeks.

After I got done watching the documentary, I implored others to do the same to raise awareness of ALS by educating themselves about it and by doing so, literallly becoming aware.

So, if you are issued the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I encourage you to do what I did. Break the rules. Watch the documentary, Hawking, and encourage others to follow in your footsteps. Be inspired by a man who stared death in the face multiple times in his life, refused to quit, fought to live, defied the odds, and made history. Be thankful that you do not have this debilitating disease. Then again, you can always cut a check.