This Ice Bucket Challenge Will Leave You In Tears and Make You Understand the Reason Behind the Campaign [VIDEO]
Anthony Carbajal accepted the #IceBucketChallenge, but not for the reason the rest of us have. Through his tears, Carbajal explains, ALS runs in his family and he’s been diagnosed with the disease at only 26 years-old.
In his touching video he shows the devastating affects on his mother and how he copes with it everyday because ‘if I simply dump ice on my head, I don’t’ think you’re going to get the point.’
Carbajal is already feeling the affects of the disease. His says his hands are getting weak and ‘I’m having trouble starting my car, buttoning my shirt and eventually I won’t be able to use my arms or hands at all. Eventually I won’t be able to walk, talk and breath on my own. That’s the real truth of what ALS is.’
Carbajal knows people are starting to get frustrated, seeing so many #IceBucketChallenge videos invading social media. ‘I promise your news feeds will go back to cat videos and ‘Let it Go’ covers, but now the ALS community has the main spotlight and for once in my entire life, I’ve seen it in the forefront.’
The #IceBucketChallenge has not only raised awareness but millions in donations. $31.5 million has been raised since July 29th and over $8 million alone on Tuesday August 19th. To donate, visit ALSa.org.
So before you take part in the #IceBucketChallenge or get upset with all the videos on Facebook, remember Anthony Carbajal, who is just one of thousands suffering from this disease.