To anyone who’s upset at how big and widespread the Ice Bucket Challenge has gotten, look at this video of Jason Becker. This artist is trapped in his own body, and while it’s true he can still create music in this condition, having ALS made it tremendously difficult for him to do so. I knew very little about ALS until I started reading up on it as a result of seeing and participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. And from what I understand, that’s true about a lot of us, so the campaign is clearly doing its job of raising awareness. From what I’ve read, it seems like researchers are incredibly close to coming up with treatments that will be able to help people suffering from this horrifying condition, possibly even cure it. But they’re not there yet because they’ve never had the proper funding. As far as I’m concerned, if we can fix this and make it so peoples’ lives are better, so that the victims of ALS will not have to continue suffering and so that their families will no longer have to watch their loved ones go from moving freely to being trapped in their own bodies, then it’s worth raising the money and getting that research done. Money is only important to the extent that it helps make peoples’ lives better, so let’s pitch in and do that if you can.