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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I was challenged tonight by a great client and friend of mine Landon Lancaster. For those of you that don’t know about the “Ice Bucket Challenge”. It was designed to raise awareness for a terrible, terrible disease that has no cure. The disease is ALS or better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The IBC has since gone viral on all the social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. The IBC has not only raised awareness, but also has raised 53.3 million dollars. That’s not a typo. That number goes up by millions of dollars each and every day. August 21st the money raised sat at 41.8 million and today 53.3……24 hours almost 12 million dollars. Here are a couple of facts about ALS.

1.) 100% fatality….it is fast moving and there is no cure

2.) every 90 seconds someone gets diagnosed with ALS…..every 90 seconds someone dies from ALS

Now I am going to get personal here. I have experienced 3 major scares in my life from a medical/health perspective. So far I have been fortunate enough to be 3 for 3. First was my oldest daughter Sierra. She had a tumor that had wrapped around her Achilles and around her ankle. She had it removed and avoided radiation/chemo. We still have to keep an eye on it and she will have to her whole life, but for now she is doing great 8 years later. The 2nd major scare has been documented here before in regards to my neck/spine surgery. I spent a few years in and out of specialists trying to pin point what I had. At one point early on the neurologist thought there was a chance I had ALS. I had the signs. My dexterity had deteriorated and my strength in both arms was bad. At that time I had no idea what ALS was. They poked me with more needles than I thought humanly possible and took my blood work and urine and several other crazy tests to see if I had ALS. Luckily for me everything came back negative…..When we went through Sierra’s ordeal we saw so many children and parents that did not get the good news we did. When I was going through my ordeal I met and saw folks that I know are no longer here today. I think about those two things a lot and trust me I realize how fortunate I am. The last scare just happened. I found lumps on the “boys” to keep this G rated. I only told my folks and one other person. The doctor that inspected the boys thought there was a 50/50 chance that it was cancer. So she got me in the next day to have a sonogram done. Sitting in that doctors office waiting for her to come in was agonizing. I tried to stay positive, but at some point you think,” hey I can’t keep dodging these bullets.” I’m happy to say the lumps are blood clots and not cancer. At some point surgery will have to be done, but it is not life threatening by any means. My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to any of you that are or have been affected by any terrible disease whether it be cancer, ALS, or MS, etc.

Here is the link to the ALS Association.

http://www.alsa.org/

Not only did I do the IBC, but I will be making a Paypal donation on Christmas Eve December 24th. I will donate $100 dollars for each booking I get from December 1st to December 24th. It is a great time to catch some pre-spawn walruses. My goal is to send off 1,000 dollars which would be 10 bookings. Shoot me an email, text or call. Let’s make this happen.

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Ok, to the Ice Bucket Challenge…..

 

Love ya highstakesbassin fans.

 

Jay

 

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